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A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud [Hardcover]

Brian May
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17 July 2008 0387777059 978-0387777054 2007
In the summer and autumn of 2006 I read several interviews with Brian May in which he mentioned his desire to complete the PhD that he had abandoned in 1974. I looked up the papers he had published while a PhD student, which were on spectroscopic studies of the motion of the dust responsible for the zodiacal light, and felt that there was a basis for a thesis. Since he had been a student at Imperial, I knew, as Head of the Astrophysics Group at Imperial, that it would be good for the Group if he came and worked with us. I got in touch with him by email and suggested he come and talk about it. He replied enthusiastically and said that he was working on typing up what he had completed by 1974. I gradually realized that I was the only staff member at Imperial who had previously worked on zodiacal dust, so that I would have to act as his supervisor. Eventually we met and I tried to assess whether he would be able to find time for the huge amount of work that finishing off a thesis involves, particularly if it has not been touched for over 30 years. Since some of Brian’s emails were coming from the recording studio I knew there was strong competition for his time.

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  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2007 edition (17 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387777059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387777054
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,350,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Queen guitarist Brian May has achieved a new milestone: he has published his PhD thesis in astronomy. … Entitled A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, his thesis analyses what happens to the dust particles left over from the formation of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. … Mike Lockwood, a physics professor at Southampton University, said May’s work was timely … . Brian Cox, a physics professor at Manchester University, applauded May’s tenacity. … That’s hugely impressive." (Jonathan Leake and Robert Watts, Times Online, August, 2008)

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The Zodiacal Light, that misty diffuse cone of light seen in the West after Sunset and the East before Sunrise, is a beautiful and intriguing phenomenon. Even though everyone can enjoy the sight from a suitably dark location, it is poorly understood, and has been the subject of relatively little research. Brian May began his research into the subject in 1970, and was finally awarded his PhD in 2007, after a hiatus of more than 30 years pursuing his other career as guitarist with his rock band Queen. This book is Brian’s thesis, and as such presents the results of his research for astronomers.


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Only could understand the first page, but it symbolizes the intellect of a truly interesting and talented man, Brian May.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm no astrophysicist, 26 April 2014
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But I am both a licensed engineer and a doctoral student. The technical details are beyond my ken, but I can appreciate the detailed research and enormous effort that went into the dissertation. The publication is impressively bound by Springer, and the pages are on glossy paper with plenty of full color illustrations. I bought it primarily for inspiration, and to serve as a reminder that it is possible for old guys to get their doctorate.
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Very interesting study and well written thesis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE THESIS 3 April 2013
By libbye - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent. Includes all his photos and graphs. An. An ABSOLUTE must for Queen fans,& anyone interested in the stars. Well worth waiting all these years for!
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