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on 31 December 2014
I'm only a chapter into the book, but the authors certainly have a way with words and making the content interesting and understandable -- both highly important qualities in a book. Aesthetically, though, the book leaves a little bit to be desired. This complaint is actually what has caused me to write a (brief) review so early into my reading it.

The big problem is the typesetting of the mathematics. If ever you've seen a modern maths text, or a historic classic, you'll know that the layout of the maths is a huge issue, and that it's usually very well done: they'll use LaTeX mostly, and even if they don't, the typesetting isn't a distracting. In this book, though, for me, it is. There are very misaligned equations, messed up fractions, text that should be on a separate line below the equation actual is before the equation or immediately after it on the same line.

These grievances may be for only a small subset of people that care about the design of a book, but I think they're worth noting.

That said, it's not going to stop me from reading the book, but it will be in the back of my mind that this could've been done much better with only little effort.
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on 20 November 2015
Good book, useful information and interesting to read but the imperial units are a bit annoying. It is unusual for scientifici books these days to use imperial units, SI units are used in most places, but as this boook is quite old and by american authors it's not so surprising to find it using imperial units. Fortunately the mathematics is the same in SI, metric or imperial, only the constants change.
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on 2 June 2018
A great book, very informative and covers quite a lot. Unfortunately though it uses imperial measurements, which makes the calculations much more awkward to do if you aren't very familiar with the imperial system.
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on 10 January 2018
Very wordy but still well written and good explainations and maths !
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on 2 November 2014
The are not too many books that cover this subject matter - and none at this low price. This book was first published many years ago and appears to be a reprint. One downside of this is the layout and font of the formulas is a little confusing - aside from that first rate book.
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on 22 September 2015
Useful to see what they do with the ISS
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on 24 January 2015
Great content, a bit dated my spaceman says, but he likes it.
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on 25 January 2016
Exactly what I wanted
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on 23 June 2011
Great book for people without prior astrodynamics knowledge like me. Book arrive on time, well packaged and in excellent condition. Definitely value for money.
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on 21 June 1998
This work was written by three instructors at the USAF Academy for use as a textbook. It provides an excellent introduction to astrodynamics. A knowledge of calculus and linear algebra is required, but the derivations are quite reasonable. The diagrams are also very good, enabling the reader to visualize complex spatial orientations.
The book's only weakness is its age. Several real-world examples are out-of-date, and the numerical analysis techniques do not reflect the current state-of-the-art.
Nevertheless, this is the best book to start learning astrodynamics, and gives a solid foundation from which to study more advanced texts.
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