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A Dictionary of Astronomy (Oxford Paperback Reference) Paperback – February 20, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0199609055 ISBN-10: 0199609055 Edition: 2nd
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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 but not 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

"I shall be glad to have this edition on my shelf." --Robert Connon Smith. The Observatory. 04/2008

"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 to their 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

"this book is rich in peculiarities for the interested observer." --The Independent 21/09/2007

About the Author


Ian Ridpath is editor of Norton's Star Atlas, The Monthly Sky Guide, and many other titles.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (December 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199609055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199609055
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.3 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many of today's amateur stargazers learned their way around the night sky with the observing guides of Ian Ridpath. Among these are The Monthly Sky Guide, now in its 9th edition; the Collins Stars and Planets Guide (known in the US as the Princeton Field Guide to Stars and Planets), now in its 4th edition; and Collins Gem Stars. All these have been continuously in print for over 25 years. A particular interest of Ian's is the Greek and Roman myths myths of the constellations, which he wrote about in his book Star Tales.

Ian is editor of the authoritative Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and the last three editions of Norton's Star Atlas, the longest-established star atlas in the world and reputedly the best-known. He is a major contributor to the Dorling Kindersley encyclopedia Universe, and is author of Dorling Kindersley's Eyewitness Companion to Astronomy. In 2012 he won the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award for "outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy", the most prestigious award of its kind.

He is also a leading UFO skeptic and is well-known for his investigation and explanation of Britain's leading UFO case, the Rendlesham Forest Incident.

For more about Ian Ridpath, see his personal website
http://www.ianridpath.com
and his entry in Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Ridpath

Support pages for Ian Ridpath's books in print can be found here
http://www.ianridpath.com/books/support.htm

For talks by Ian Ridpath see
http://www.ianridpath.com/cv/lectures.htm

Read Ian Ridpath's author blog
http://ianridpathauthorblog.blogspot.com/

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
A lot of terms that appear when reading books on astronomy are difficult to understand. I could always get up and head for Google but this is a bit of work. This dictionary is compact and provides definitions and explanations for a very wide range of astronomical topics in a very readable and concise way. I would highly recommend this book to any person who needs to look up the meaning of astronomy terms either frequently or not very often. The descriptions can be understood by the lay person or by more experienced astronomy buffs needing a handy reference by their bedside.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Morrison on July 7, 2014
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This book has no illustrations, but what's worse than that is there are no pronunciations, which seems stupid being that these are scientific terms.
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