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A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud Hardcover – July 17, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0387777054 ISBN-10: 0387777059 Edition: 2007th

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  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2007 edition (July 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387777059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387777054
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Queen guitarist Brian May has achieved a new milestone: he has published his PhD thesis in astronomy. … Entitled A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, his thesis analyses what happens to the dust particles left over from the formation of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. … Mike Lockwood, a physics professor at Southampton University, said May’s work was timely … . Brian Cox, a physics professor at Manchester University, applauded May’s tenacity. … That’s hugely impressive." (Jonathan Leake and Robert Watts, Times Online, August, 2008)

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The Zodiacal Light, that misty diffuse cone of light seen in the West after Sunset and the East before Sunrise, is a beautiful and intriguing phenomenon. Even though everyone can enjoy the sight from a suitably dark location, it is poorly understood, and has been the subject of relatively little research. Brian May began his research into the subject in 1970, and was finally awarded his PhD in 2007, after a hiatus of more than 30 years pursuing his other career as guitarist with his rock band Queen. This book is Brian’s thesis, and as such presents the results of his research for astronomers.

 


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By Geoff S. on April 26, 2014
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But I am both a licensed engineer and a doctoral student. The technical details are beyond my ken, but I can appreciate the detailed research and enormous effort that went into the dissertation. The publication is impressively bound by Springer, and the pages are on glossy paper with plenty of full color illustrations. I bought it primarily for inspiration, and to serve as a reminder that it is possible for old guys to get their doctorate.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By libbye on April 3, 2013
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Excellent. Includes all his photos and graphs. An. An ABSOLUTE must for Queen fans,& anyone interested in the stars. Well worth waiting all these years for!
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