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A Dictionary of Astronomy

A Dictionary of Astronomy

by Ian Ridpath
     
 

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Covering more than 3,000 astronomical terms, ranging from methods, instruments, and equations to famous astronomers, satellites, and stars, this book is an ideal reference for students, professionals, and astronomy buffs. Each definition uses accessible vocabulary, eliminating the need for another dictionary to decipher explanations. Arranged in a glossary format with

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Covering more than 3,000 astronomical terms, ranging from methods, instruments, and equations to famous astronomers, satellites, and stars, this book is an ideal reference for students, professionals, and astronomy buffs. Each definition uses accessible vocabulary, eliminating the need for another dictionary to decipher explanations. Arranged in a glossary format with a paragraph defining each term, this thorough dictionary also includes 40 line drawings to illustrate complex equipment and ideas. Definitions of scientific terms from related fields such as physics, astronautics, and environmental sciences are also provided, highlighting modern developments and emphasizing historical importance.

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"Notable for its authoritative content, this dictionary is recommended as a quick reference source for public, academic, and special libraries."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199609055
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/20/2012
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
609,642
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Ridpath has been a full-time writer, broadcaster, and lecturer on astronomy and space since 1972. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he has written numerous trade books on aspects of astronomy, including the longest-standing star atlas in print.

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