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A dictionary of astronomy [electronic resource] /
[edited by] Ian Ridpath.
edition
2nd ed. rev.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
description
vii, 534 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
9780199609055
format(s)
Book
Subjects
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
isbn
9780199609055
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Rev. ed. of: Oxford dictionary of astronomy / edited by Ian Ridpath. 2007. 2nd ed.
catalogue key
8595289
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-03-01:
The most comprehensive of several recent astronomy dictionaries, this is a revision of an earlier edition by Ridpath, who is well known for his previous astronomy books and his careful attention to detail. It defines 1,000 more terms than Jacqueline Mitton's Cambridge Dictionary of Astronomy, (2001) but as comparisons often show, some terms in Mitton's dictionary are not found in Ridpath's. The field of astronomy changes so rapidly that new dictionaries and encyclopedias must be published regularly to keep up with new discoveries and developments. One source cannot cover everything, but Ridpath's dictionary is an excellent source to stay current on astronomical terminology. Illustrations are good and definitions well written, and the book offers a number of useful tables. The paper is not acid free, but the dictionary is meant to last only until the next revision. The price makes it accessible to all libraries. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All libraries. J. O. Christensen Brigham Young University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-12-01:
Ridpath (Star Tales) offers an expanded update to the 2003 edition, presenting 4200 paragraph-sized definitions, along with illuminating technical graphs and charts. Included is an exhaustive, A-to-Z compilation of eminent figures and significant, if sometimes obscure, scientific phenomena, mission names, and project monikers. While possibly useful to amateur astronomers, it will prove most valuable to readers with existing knowledge of physics and math. The book closes with a 13-page appendix containing detailed informational charts on various subjects-from satellite attributes to brightest and nearest stars. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
'a handy guide for amateur astronomers, students of astronomy, and interested general readers. Both its format and text are clear and straightforward...recommended for its value as an exhaustive quick reference guide on astronomy. Public and academic libraries will want to add this work totheir collections.'Electronic Reviews of Science and Technology References
"a handy guide for amateur astronomers, students of astronomy, and interested general readers. Both its format and text are clear and straightforward...recommended for its value as an exhaustive quick reference guide on astronomy. Public and academic libraries will want to add this work totheir collections." --Electronic Reviews of Science and Technology References
'An enormous amount of obscure data is satisfactorily explained here, which is just what you turn to a dictionary for.'Times Literary Supplement
"An enormous amount of obscure data is satisfactorily explained here, which is just what you turn to a dictionary for." --Times Literary Supplement
"I shall be glad to have this edition on my shelf." --Robert Connon Smith. The Observatory. 04/2008
'Review from previous edition This is an excellent dictionary. It has all the qualities one should reasonably expect from such a reference book: accuracy, clarity, consistency and good coverage of its subject. ...The book is neatly laid out in a way that is easy to use, with a reasonable butnot excessive number of cross-references...Ian Ridpath has done a remarkable job to achieve such consistency in the style, technical level and length of entries. And try as I might, I have failed to find any bloomers! This is a classic that the publisher, editor and contributors can be proud of -worthy of the Oxford name, world-famous for its dictionaries and reference books.'Dr Jacqueline Mitton, writer and Public Relations Officer of the Royal Astronomical Society, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Review from previous edition: "This is an excellent dictionary. It has all the qualities one should reasonably expect from such a reference book: accuracy, clarity, consistency and good coverage of its subject. ...The book is neatly laid out in a way that is easy to use, with a reasonable butnot excessive number of cross-references...Ian Ridpath has done a remarkable job to achieve such consistency in the style, technical level and length of entries. And try as I might, I have failed to find any bloomers! This is a classic that the publisher, editor and contributors can be proud of -worthy of the Oxford name, world-famous for its dictionaries and reference books." --Dr Jacqueline Mitton, writer and Public Relations Officer of the Royal Astronomical Society, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association
"this book is rich in peculiarities for the interested observer." --The Independent 21/09/2007
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This dictionary contains over 4,300 entries covering all aspects of astronomy from astrophysics and cosmology to galaxies and time. Major entries include Big Bang theory, relativity and variable stars. Biographical entries on eminent astronomers are also included.
Long Description
The revised second edition of this established dictionary contains over 4,300 up-to-date entries covering all aspects of astronomy. Compiled with the help of over 20 expert contributors under the editorship of renowned author and broadcaster Ian Ridpath, A Dictionary of Astronomy covers everything from space exploration and the equipment involved, to astrophysics, cosmology, and the concept of time. The dictionary also includes biographical entries on eminent astronomers,as well as worldwide coverage of observatories and telescopes. Supplementary material is included in the appendices, such as tables of Apollo lunar landing missions and the constellations, a table of planetary data, and numerous other tables and diagrams complement the entries.The entries have been fully revised and updated for this edition, and new entries have been added to reflect the recent developments within the field of astronomy, including magnetic reconnection, Fornax cluster, luminosity density, and Akatsuki. The content is enhanced by entry-level web links, which are listed and regularly updated on a companion website.A Dictionary of Astronomy is an invaluable reference source for students, professionals, amateur astronomers, and space enthusiasts.
Main Description
The revised second edition of this established dictionary contains over 4,300 up-to-date entries covering all aspects of astronomy. Compiled with the help of over 20 expert contributors under the editorship of renowned author and broadcaster Ian Ridpath, A Dictionary of Astronomy covers everything from space exploration and the equipment involved, to astrophysics, cosmology, and the concept of time. The dictionary also includes biographical entries on eminent astronomers, as well as worldwide coverage of observatories and telescopes. Supplementary material is included in the appendices, such as tables of Apollo lunar landing missions and the constellations, a table of planetary data, and numerous other tables and diagrams complement the entries. The entries have been fully revised and updated for this edition, and new entries have been added to reflect the recent developments within the field of astronomy, including magnetic reconnection, Fornax cluster, luminosity density,and Akatsuki. The content is enhanced by entry-level web links, which are listed and regularly updated on a companion website. A Dictionary of Astronomy is an invaluable reference source for students, professionals, amateur astronomers, and space enthusiasts.
Main Description
The revised second edition of this established dictionary contains over 4,300 up-to-date entries covering all aspects of astronomy. Compiled with the help of over 20 expert contributors under the editorship of renowned author and broadcaster Ian Ridpath, A Dictionary of Astronomy coverseverything from space exploration and the equipment involved, to astrophysics, cosmology, and the concept of time. The dictionary also includes biographical entries on eminent astronomers, as well as worldwide coverage of observatories and telescopes. Supplementary material is included in theappendices, such as tables of Apollo lunar landing missions and the constellations, a table of planetary data, and numerous other tables and diagrams complement the entries.The entries have been fully revised and updated for this edition, and new entries have been added to reflect the recent developments within the field of astronomy, including magnetic reconnection, Fornax cluster, luminosity density, and Akatsuki. The content is enhanced by entry-level web links,which are listed and regularly updated on a companion website.A Dictionary of Astronomy is an invaluable reference source for students, professionals, amateur astronomers, and space enthusiasts.
Main Description
The revised second edition of this established dictionary contains over 4,300 up-to-date entries on all aspects of astronomy. Compiled with the help of thirty-four expert contributors under the editorship of renowned author Ian Ridpath, the book covers everything from space exploration and the equipment involved, to astrophysics, cosmology, and the concept of time--plus biographical entries on eminent astronomers and worldwide coverage of observatories and telescopes. The appendices include tables of Apollo lunar landing missions, the constellations, and a table of planetary data. The entries have been fully revised and updated and fifty new entries have been added. The content is enhanced by web links which are regularly updated on a companion website.
Table of Contents
Preface
The Dictionary
Appendices
Apollo lunar landing missions
Main satellites of the planets
The constellations
The brightest stars
The nearest stars
The Messier objects
The Local Group of galaxies
An A to Z of variable star types
Table of planetary data
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