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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone keenly interested in astronomy, 5 Mar 2009
This review is from: A Dictionary of Astronomy (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback)
Oxford's Dictionary of Astronomy, written by a large team of experts, is addressed to both astronomers, professional and amateur, and the general reader, and, what is more, its wealth of authoritative and well written entries, which covers all aspects of astronomy (from astrophysics, astrometry, astronomers, cosmology, exobiology, to planetology, space exploration, telescopes etc.), makes this reference a splendid astronomy book deserving a place in everyone's library.

The major difference of the latest edition (2007), compared to the 1997 and the 2003 editions, is that the latest edition is by and large up-to-date and noticeably heavier. New entries include terms such as apohele, dwarf planet, Eris, frame dragging, planetary migration, sky brightness etc. Many entries have remained unchanged whereas others, such as galaxy evolution and planet, have been updated or expanded. The number of figures and diagrams has not changed at all as far as I know, while an excellent table of variable star types has been added in the Appendix.

Of all astronomy dictionaries I consult, Oxford University's is the one I recommend the most. The one by Cambridge University Press (Jacqueline Mitton) needs updating and does not include biographical entries. CRC Press' Dictionary Of Geophysics, Astrophysics and Astronomy is too technical for the general reader, while Philip's Astronomy Encyclopedia (not a dictionary, but structured and used exactly like a dictionary) is much more illustrated than Oxford's but needs updating.

This edition of Oxford's astronomy dictionary is currently the best investment in terms of astronomy dictionary, because comprehensive, reliable, inexpensive, easy to read and carry, an excellent reference guide to space and stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For both popular and academic astronomy reading, 6 Mar 2010
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This review is from: A Dictionary of Astronomy (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback)
This is a wonderful reference book. The definitions are very clear and concise, and are of enough length to still be thorough. (For example, against the entry for Galileo it doesn't just say "Italian astronomer", you get a brief biography of his life and and major contributions. The entry for redshift runs on for 2 pages giving full explanations, terms and calculations).

I bought this book to assist with reading some of the heavier 'popular astronomy' books. I honestly think if I'd had this book whilst studying Astronomy with the Open University I wouldn't have failed the courses so badly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 22 July 2009
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Very good, almost encyclopedic you might say. It got me through a degree on the subject what more can I say? A must for anyone studying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book, 27 May 2010
This review is from: A Dictionary of Astronomy (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback)
This book is well written and easy to follow; it is ideal for the novice astronomer as well as having plenty of information for those who are a somewhat more experienced.
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