The Cambridge atlas of astronomy /

Additional authors: Audouze, Jean. | Isra�el, Guy.
Edition statement:3rd ed. Published by : Cambridge University Press, (Cambridge ; | New York :) Physical details: 470 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 37 cm. ISBN:0521434386; 9780521434386. Year: 1994
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This new edition is an unrivalled source of information and images covering the whole of modern astronomy. Its 130 articles written by experts form an absorbing panorama of information arranged by topic. Almost every page of the Atlas is richly illustrated with colour photographs, maps, and detailed diagrams. This reference book commences with a survey of the Sun and the solar system, followed by the stars and the Galaxy, and concludes with the extragalactic universe and cosmology. For this edition there are entirely new sections on the planets Venus, Neptune and Pluto, solar system debris, black holes and collapsed stars, active galaxies, galaxy clusters and cosmology. Many photographs have been replaced by improved images from modern telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope. An elaborate 24-page glossary and index has been added to increase the ease with which this sumptuous and lavish encyclopedia can be used for quick reference. There are substantial changes throughout the section on the Solar System. The material on Venus is re-written, to take account of the spectacular Magellan mission. The Mars chapter now includes the Phobos results. In the outer solar system new results on the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn are included, as well as new photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. There is also a new chapter on planetary climate change. The section on stars and the Galaxy now includes chapters on astrometry and protoplanetary systems, as well as many modifications to the existing texts on evolved stars.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 445-446) and index.

Reviews provided by Syndetics


The oversize format of this encyclopedic atlas allows ample room for a varied layout with numerous black-and-white and color photographs and well-executed charts and diagrams. This is not a coffee-table book, and general readers may find the text difficult. School and smaller public libraries might want to consider Patrick Moore's New Atlas of the Universe (1984), which is half the size and price of the Cambridge Atlas; Moore's work is also profusely illustrated, but has less-demanding text. The more detailed Cambridge Atlas is scholarly and well written but sometimes stylistically uneven, as might be expected in a multiauthored work. Individual articles are not attributed, and there are minor errors of fact. The six-page index is scant-the three entries under ``Life'' are a poor guide to the lengthy article on exobiology. There is a well-selected but too brief bibliography plus a glossary that suffers from a tendency to define terms with other terms that are not themselves defined or indexed. Despite these minor flaws, this work should find a place in every college and university library. A good general science background would help those tackling the text, but the sumptuous visual feast presented in this atlas will be accessible to all. Highly recommended.-B.E. Fleury, Tulane University

Booklist Review

Superb illustrations--hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs and color diagrams--make this an invaluable work for both amateur and professional astronomers.

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