- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 4 edition (23 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3540672214
- ISBN-13: 978-3540672210
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,941,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astronomy on the Personal Computer Hardcover – 23 Mar 2009
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From the Back Cover
Astronomy on the Personal Computer provides the reader with a thorough introduction to the computation of celestial mechanics, which is of particular significance to astronomical observation. Covering everything from astronomical and computational theory to the construction of rapid and accurate applications programs, this book supplies the necessary knowledge and software solutions for determining and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, minor planets and comets, solar eclipses, stellar occultations by the Moon, phases of the Moon and much more. This completely revised edition makes use of the widely implemented programming language C++, and individual applications may be efficiently realized through the use of a powerful module library. The material previously available on an accompanying CD-ROM, now at extras.springer.com, contains, in addition to the complete, fully documented and commented source codes, the executable programs for use with the Windows 98/2000/XP and LINUX operating systems.
Top Customer Reviews
Given those prerequisites the book is well written and offers a clear explanation of how to solve most of the common problems in astronomy, including the prediction of occultations and eclipses.
If you're serious about writing astronomy programs on the PC, or for that matter on embedded controllers, this book is a "must buy".
The text is very clear and easy to read though some parts required me to revise the maths that are required.
The CD that was advertised to accompany the book was not present , it seems like you have to download the information from their website. This was done easily enough but the fact that you have to do this should I think have been more clear.
On the whole a useful and enjoyable book well worth the money.
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C++ is *not* my language of choice, but the authors seem to have done a masterful job of using C++ features well, while avoiding obfuscation. Initially at least, I am translating things as I go into Mathematica, as a check that I am understanding what I am reading.
All in all, for getting under the hood, I think Montenbruck and Pfleger provide exceptional value for money.
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