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The Cambridge Atlas of Astronomy 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521434386
ISBN-10: 0521434386
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' ... beautiful, clear and enthralling, the story of our universe being unveiled in a fascinating way ...' The Times Higher Education Supplement

' ... this is a beautifully produced book of great pedagogic value. Amateur astronomers, high school students and professionals will find here a visual display which is both arresting and informative.' Nature

'The lavishly illustrated Atlas ranges from our Sun and solar system through stars and galaxies to the Universe and cosmology. The added glossary and index makes it ideal for use as a reference book.' Physics World

'stupendous in its coverage and illustrations' Daily Telegraph

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This important reference work has been completely updated. Expanded by an additional 32 pages, the new edition integrates excellent illustrations with an informative text.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (November 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521434386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521434386
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is astronomy in a very big nutshell. This tome starts off with a very brief history of astronomy then it explores the universe from the inside out.
Early chapters deal with the sun, planets and the interstellar medium. Terrestrial planet descriptions include gorgeous topographies, volcanic and techtonic activity and internal structures. Chapters on gas giants include rings, clouds and magnetospheres. All satellites receive the same attention to detail as the planets. This book is thorough!
A salient point is this atlas is its treatment of the HR diagram--the Rosetta stone of astronomy. If you know the HR diagram you know a big chunk of astronomy. This book teaches you all about it in page after page of beautiful prints and pictures.
Later chapters deal with stellar evolution, galactic structure, quasars and finally cosmology. From nebulae to black holes to the debate on extra-terrestrial life this book covers it all!
The best thing about this atlas is that anyone can pick it up and read it. True, it's more than just a bunch of pretty pictures. It's technical but not TOO technical. It's meant for serious astronomers as well as someone just plain interested in space stuff.
Visually stunning as well as topically complete this is quite simply the best book on astronomy I have ever seen. You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gene@imagersoft.com on August 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the entire range of the subject, from the Earth to the Universe and all in between. It is well illustrated with many supporting topic boxes containing more detailed explainations of the underlying physics and chemistry. The topics are well ordered and explained. My only complaint is it is a very large book making it difficult to curl up with, but if it were not big, the photographs would not be as stunning. I pick this book up often and spent many hours exploring the Universe with it
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By bowonwing on December 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"The Cambridge Atlas of Astronomy is an oversized book ( and I mean oversized- it is hard to read it is so big) filled with incredible information and pictures. I received the Third Edition 1994, which is the latest edition.

On page 417, "The extraterrestrial life debate," It will take the Pioneer and Voyager spacecrafts about 80,000 years to cover the distance to the nearest (double) star, Alpha Centauri (Rigil Kentaurus), which is about 4.2 light years away.

Buy this book now, at the time of this writing many books for sale at low prices. You will enjoy this book!!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By acvwpcd@xs4all.nl on November 9, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Beuatiful pictures, but rather scientific/technical book, per item articles. An amateur who has read Hawkins, Griffin, Davies etc (like me) can understand about 50 % of the written part. No atlas !
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