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Astronomy and Planetary Sciences

Astronomical Measurement

A Concise Guide

Authors: Lawrence, Andy

  • Provides a concise introduction to the physical principles of astronomical measurement - spacecraft, telescopes, detectors, the atmosphere, spectroscopy, and the basics of measured quantities and statistics
  • Takes a new approach on teaching astronomical measurement following the chain of measurement through atmosphere, imaging, detection, spectroscopy, timing, and hypothesis testing
  • Covers all wavelengths – radio, infrared, optical, UV, X-ray, gamma-ray
  • Concentrates on key principles rather than details
  • Each chapter concludes with a set of exercises. Solutions provided.
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About this Textbook

This book on astronomical measurement takes a fresh approach to teaching the subject. After discussing some general principles, it follows the chain of measurement through atmosphere, imaging, detection, spectroscopy, timing, and hypothesis testing. The various wavelength regimes are covered in each section, emphasising what is the same, and what is different. The author concentrates on the physics of detection and the principles of measurement, aiming to make this logically coherent.
The book is based on a short self contained lecture course for advanced undergraduate students developed and taught by the author over several years.

About the authors

Andy Lawrence is the Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), observational cosmology, survey astronomy, and e-science (the Virtual Observatory). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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“In Astronomical Measurement: A Concise Guide, Andy Lawrence … provides a delightfully comprehensive summary of the essential information the budding observational astronomer needs to know. … It is aimed at the advanced undergraduate and the beginning graduate student, but it can also serve as an engaging refresher for the working astronomer who wants to venture into a new wavelength regime.” (Kimberly Weaver, Physics Today, December, 2014)


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eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-39835-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-39834-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $74.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 14, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-662-50906-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
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  • online reader with highlighting and note-making option
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Astronomical Measurement
Book Subtitle
A Concise Guide
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Planetary Sciences
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-39835-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-39835-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-39834-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-50906-7
Series ISSN
2366-0082
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 192
Number of Illustrations and Tables
54 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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