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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107600928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107600928
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An Introduction to the Solar System is clearly written, accurate, up-to-date, well-produced and a pleasure to read. It is a first rate production by a team of professionals, clearly designed for teaching and up to the high standards of The Open University. The many questions that are posed throughout the text (with answers at the back) make it an ideal teaching text. As a beginning text at an undergraduate level, it is hard to fault this book and I suspect that it will be widely used in introductory courses.' Professor S. Ross Taylor, Australian National University

'Of all the planetary science textbooks on my shelf, this is my new favourite. It is up to date, lavishly illustrated and engagingly written at a level that would challenge but not overwhelm the typical undergraduate. It is comprehensive and well-written. Undergraduates will find it educational and senior researchers will find topics outside their fields of expertise lucidly explained.' Dr Alan Rubin, University of California, Los Angeles

'This textbook gives a comprehensive review of the various objects and processes of the Solar System. It succeeds very well in conveying and explaining all the basic information and concepts on the planetary system, and it is as up to date as can be expected in this rapidly evolving field. The layout is clear and intuitive, the writing style is accessible, and calculations are given while avoiding complex mathematics. I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to have an up-to-date introduction to the planetary sciences.' Professor Christian Koeberl, University of Vienna

'5/5 stars: A must-have for anyone interested in learning more about planetary science.' BBC Sky at Night Magazine

'The rapid increase in knowledge of the Solar System, mostly from space missions, well merits the present revision after only seven years. This is an excellent textbook, well up to the standard of other Open University texts, and could well be used at other universities. It also provides a valuable reference book for specialists in other fields.' The Observatory

'… engaging and well-structured … ideal for introductory courses on the subject and is suitable for self-study.' Spaceflight

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Presenting a fascinating description of the bodies in the Solar System and their origin and evolution, this new edition has been updated to reflect current knowledge and contains several new figures. There are questions and answers throughout the text, exercises with full solutions, and additional resources available online.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samuel on 9 Dec. 2013
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I love these OU books, designed for students at home, they are clear, have a good lay out, questions and answers, the lot. Their contents level is rare as well. Most Astronomy books out there are either the simple ones for people who just start looking up for the first time at the night sky, or complicated astrophysics books of a 1000 pages + at prices of over 100 euro's, so this book (and the others in its series) is a gem, as it sits right in between the simple and the rocket science stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L Ron on 8 Oct. 2013
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Probably the best introductory textbook on the subject, full of expert info and lovely illustrations, with questions to test your learning throughout. Highly recommended for undergrad geologists and astronomers, as well as academics, museums etc in need of a reference work. I also think interested amateur astronomers would find much of interest here.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fay bordbar on 23 Jan. 2013
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Very interesting, great pictures, thoroughly enjoyed having a look through it and it helped me with an astronomy module at University.
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Solid Conceptual Read 28 Aug. 2014
By Admiral435x - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this textbook for my UMD course. While there's next-to-no mathematics involved, this book offered clear and enjoyable text on the concepts of our solar system (ranging from planets, atmospheres, asteroids, etc). It is a great textbook for getting your foot in the door with the core concepts involved with planetary astronomy.
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Well Done 3 May 2013
By Jason Carr, M.Ed. - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best books I've recently read about our solar system. I highly recommend this book for those new to astronomy or planetary science.
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A descriptive planetary science book 2 Dec. 2013
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This book could be more mathematically focused. However, the good side is that it does give a sound introduction to the descriptive solar system
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