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Encyclopedia of the Solar System First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0122268052
ISBN-10: 0122268059
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From Scientific American

An arresting jacket painting by Brad Greenwood shows the solar system as it would be seen from the sun. The 56 contributors to this one-volume encyclopedia--all specialists in solar system science--describe the system from the galaxy inward to the sun and then outward through the planets. They discuss also comets, asteroids, missions of exploration to the planets, and the search for planets outside the solar system. The audience the editors have aimed at includes teachers, students, advanced amateurs, astronomers who do not specialize in the solar system, and professionals in other scientific and technical fields. Such a person could usefully read the volume straight through or plunge at once into any of the topics. Indeed, a reader who knows little about the solar system could do the same; she would end up knowing a lot.

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"This reference guide to four decades of exploration and discovery [...] is a valuable resource for academic and large public libraries."
--LIBRARY JOURNAL, April 15, 2000

"The 56 contributors to this one-volume encyclopedia-all specialists in solar system science-describe the system from the galaxy inward to the sun and then outward through the planets....The audience the editors have aimed at includes teachers, students, advanced amateurs, astronomers who do not specialize in the solar system, and professionals in other scientific and technical fields. Such a person could read the volume straight through or plunge at once into any of the topics."
--John Rennie, Editor-in-Chief, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, March 1999

"....The Encyclopedia of the Solar System is a worthy choice for academic libraries."
--AGAINST THE GRAIN

"Four decades of the most exciting explorations in human history in one book! Up-to-the-minute details by the best writers to explore the solar system are wonderfully organized for both looking up quick facts and for in-depth study. This one pulls it all together. Any citizen of the solar system from age 8 to 80 should own this encyclopedia."
--Dr. Jay Apt, Director, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, four-time Space Shuttle Astronaut

"Weissman, McFadden, and Johnson have done a terrific job in assembling a roster of world-class experts to write about the key topics in planetary science. This should be a valuable guide both in the classroom and on the reference shelf."
--Dr. William K. Hartmann, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson; Recipient of the American Astronomical Society's Carl Sagan Medal

"I cannot imagine a trio of scientists better qualified to produce a volume about the solar system than Weissman, McFadden, and Johnson. This is more than a book-it is a fantastic voyage to neighbor worlds that combines the accuracy of science with the beauty and wonder that is our solar system."
--Dr. David H. Levy, Astronomer

"During the last forty years, the nature of the solar system has been gradually revealed as more and more capable spacecraft have ventured further from Earth's shores, and as theoreticians have developed increasingly sophisticated models to understand what has been found. At last we have a compact yet complete summary of these incredible discoveries, prepared by many of the scientists who did the original work."
--Dr. Joseph A. Burns, Church Professor of Engineering and Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University

"A distinguished group of editors and authors have produced a compendium of our current knowledge about the Solar System and how we obtained it. This volume will reside on my desk as a vital resource to help me answer questions from scientists in other fields, public officials, and the general public."
--Dr. Robert W. Milkey, Executive Officer, American Astronomical Society

"I wish I had this on my desk for all the years I've needed an immediate reference for explaining something complicated about the Solar System to Congress or the Administration."
--Dr. Wesley T. Huntress, Jr., Associate Administrator for Space Science, NASA

"The Encyclopedia of the Solar System has been crafted by working scientific experts who are directly engaged in [current space explorations]. It is a must-have reference for anyone in the lay public, any would-be planetary explorer, who wants to join up and come along with us as we reach out into the void and touch the planets."
--Dr. Laurence A. Soderblom, United States Geological Survey
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; First Edition edition (September 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0122268059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0122268052
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,066,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't buy this book thinking it will be an entertaining reference for your twelve-year-old nephew who enjoys astronomy. This hefty tome is more akin to a college-level textbook than an encyclopedia. If you want to get a detailed, but not overly technical, overview of modern solar system science, this is the book for you.
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By A Customer on January 4, 2000
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Following a thematic progression, ranging outward from the Sun to other planetary systems, the Encyclopedia of the Solar System details the dynamics of motions and rotations, solar wind, planetary, geologic, and atmospheric conditions, as well as other processes in the formation of planets, satellites and the smaller bodies of our planetary environment. The Encyclopedia covers the latest observations employing planetary radar, radio, infrared, and ultraviolet wavelengths.
Features convenient glossaries of technical terms, over 700 illustrations, numerous color plates, extensive cross-referencing throughout, further readings, useful appendices, and a comprehensive 4,500 entry index. Readers and web denizens like me will particularly appreciate the convenience of using the accompanying website (academicpress.com/solar) to link to related on-line resources.
Keep watching the sky!
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By A Customer on September 12, 2002
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This is the best work I've read on the solar system, period. The text is wonderful but I dearly wish the author had included the American measuring system along with the metric one. I'm one of those old fogies who has to cogitate in the extreme in order to convert kilometers into miles. Oh, well.
Seriously, this book is a "must-have" for astronomy aficionados and for those who merely wish to brush up on their knowledge of our solar neighborhood.
I also wish the book had a sewn binding. Otherwise, it is a really great read and a "keeper".
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If you are interested in the solar system in which you live in, this book is a must. It is very informative and complex, yet simple enough for the high school student. The absolute best book about our solar system.
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