Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System Hardcover – 12 Aug 2010
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'Thoroughly accessible … a clear matter-of-fact style … Jones's thorough approach offers popular science readers pretty much everything known about mysterious Pluto.' Publishers Weekly
'A timely, up-to-date and highly readable publication, beautifully presented. A collector's piece for any enthusiast.' Mark Stewart, Spaceflight
'Richly illustrated and up to date, this book is written for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike.' The Eggs EGU Newsletter (the-eggs.org)
'Jones' slim primer offers a useful distillation of eight decades of research into Pluto, and an intriguing preview of more findings to come.' Physics World
'That the author is a highly competent lecturer based at the Open University comes across in all that he has written. He marshals the facts and carefully leads the reader by the hand through various topics by explaining the different concepts from start to finish, without assuming any prior knowledge … All in all an excellent book which includes some figures reproduced in colour and archive-quality paper … thoroughly recommended to all those wishing to read up about Pluto ahead of the New Horizons encounter with the 'planet'.' Richard Miles, Journal of the British Astronomical Association
'It offers a readable history of the discovery of Pluto and a good primer on the Edgeworth–Kuiper belt.' Anthony Doerr, Boston Globe
'Gets into the nitty-gritty of Plutonian planetary science … presents a sensible view on Pluto's current status.' MSNBC.com Cosmic Log
'Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System is very well suited to someone coming to the subject without much prior knowledge. It clearly explains the formation of Pluto and the Edgeworth–Kuiper belt of which it is part … In the end, whatever you call it, Pluto is a fascinating and important object and despite its vast distance this book will [seem] to bring it far closer.' David Powell, Astronomy Now
Richly illustrated and up-to-date, this book is a timely account of Pluto for general readers, amateur astronomers and students wanting to know more about this intriguing celestial object. It also explores Pluto's satellites and the rich assortment of bodies that constitute the Edgeworth–Kuiper Belt.See all Product Description
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Ian Morison, Gresham Professor of Astronomy.
For me, a high point was the chapter on the recently discovered Edgeworth-Kuiper belt objects, one, Eris, larger than Pluto itself. These were news to this reader! The book ends with the fascinating politics of the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet followed by news of the New Horizon's mission due to fly by Pluto in 2015 after which a second edition will surely be required!
This book is accessible to both lay and academic readers alike, as the use of marked boxes containing the more advanced material which can be avoided by the less mathematically inclined. I enjoyed the book immensely and learned much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still reading it but finding the book highly enjoyable... It's a great background read covering our knowledge-to-date of Pluto, and as a prelude to the upcoming New Horizons flyby!Published 13 months ago by Astroman