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Planetary Ring Systems (Springer Praxis Books) Paperback – 6 Feb 2010


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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 2007 edition (6 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387341773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387341774
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.6 x 24.2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,500,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is not just for astronomy students; many people will enjoy it … . The book covers all of the giant gas planets, since they all have complex ring systems, and each has different attributes and features. The authors present the recent research findings on these systems, and they point out the numerous questions that still need to be answered. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty." (J. R. Kraus, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (10), June, 2007)

About the Author

Of all the planets, Saturn is the most instantly recognisable to everyone because of its beautiful system of rings, visible in even a small telescope, discovered by Galileo in 1610, but not recognised for what they are until Christiaan Huygens’ observations in 1655. Until 1977, Saturn’s rings were considered unique, but we now know that all four gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are surrounded by ring systems. However, it is true that the rings of Saturn remain in a class of their own.

James Clerk Maxwell’s fascination with the rings of Saturn was made clear in his 1857 Adams Prize essay. After quoting parts of Maxwell’s essay in their recent Scientific American article on rings ["Bejewelled Worlds", special edition entitled New Light on the Solar System, V. 13, No. 3, pp. 74-83, 2003], Burns, Hamilton and Showalter stated, "A century and a half later Saturn’s rings remain a symbol of all that is exotic and wondrous about the universe".

Ellis Miner and Randii Wessen co-authored the successful Springer-Praxis book, Neptune: the planet, rings and satellites, published in December 2001 which has sold 1076 copies worldwide to date.


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