Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac 3rd Edition
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- Publisher : University Science Books; 3rd edition (September 17, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 676 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1891389858
- ISBN-13 : 978-1891389856
- Item Weight : 2.9 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.3 x 1.5 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #644,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A number by itself, without knowing its unit of measurement, and a precise understanding of what it represents can be a source of misunderstanding and trouble. This book is the antidote to many such problems in its field. The editors, and contributors, to this work are to be applauded for their devotion toward understanding and rigor in the field of astronomy.
The 3rd Edition of the ES2AA is a welcome update and re-organization of the Astrometric, Timekeeping and Earth Rotation information and serves as a coherent gathering of important algorithms and theory behind this subject. Some of the material has been re-arranged and it will likely take some time to get used to quickly finding it, but generally I find the descriptions and explainations very clear.
The previous edition of ES2AA was soon followed by important Errata Sheets and it appears that the new edition has none of the past typos and reference problems. Of course, time will tell if an Errata is needed for the present edition -- readers are urged to check on this in the coming months and years.
The binding, fonts and paper used in production of this book are quite good, and it appears to be able to stand the heavy use I will likely give it. The cover is no longer cloth-bound, but seems to be adequate.
Revisions to the ES2AA seem to come every couple of decades, and it is well worth the price to keep current on the revisions to this body of knowledge.
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