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Popular Astronomy

State of the Universe 2008

New Images, Discoveries, and Events

Authors: Ratcliffe, Martin

  • The first regular annual to review each year’s major astronomical discoveries
  • Written at a level accessible to both young and older astronomy enthusiasts
  • Reviews discoveries in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology from all the world’s leading ground based and orbiting observatories
  • Keeps the reader up to date with the rapid pace and development of modern astronomical research
  • Will appeal to amateur astronomers and be a perfect Christmas gift
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Softcover $29.95
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About this book

The aim of the State of the Universe annuals is to provide an annual astronomy review suitable for the popular science level reader to be published every September. The book will cover all major astronomical news on topics beyond the Solar System and place them in the context of the longer term goals of astronomers and astrophysicists around the world. The aim is to capture the excitement and vibrancy of modern astronomical research. This section also includes web links for all major news stories, providing a bridge between the public news stories and the actual research web sites.

The invited contributions which make up the second half of the annual each year will cover a variety of topics and are written to appeal to a wide readership. These are written by leading astronomers or science writers.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This softback volume brings together 100 of the most significant astronomy-related press releases that were issued between 2006 April and 2007 March, together with full-colour reproductions of the relevant illustrations. … this compilation by writer and educator Martin Ratcliffe is a welcome reference. … Written by recognized experts in their field, these articles cover such diverse topics as ‘The history and future of telescopes’, ‘The state of the Universe’, and ‘Building planetary disks’." (Peter Bond, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1204), 2008)

"A book that collates and presents a whole year’s worth of news stories … . The succinct nature of these news stories captures the essence of the research, and for those who wish to read up more about each subject, web links to the original press release or even the scientific paper are provided, making this an excellent resource … . Anyone wanting a year book style review of the current state of affairs in the Universe … will enjoy reading this book." (Emily Baldwin, Astronomy Now, July, 2008)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • A year in News... ...and Pictures: April 2006 – March 2007

    Ratcliffe, Martin

    Pages 2-79

  • Astronomers Gather in Seattle... ...The 209th American Astronomical Society Meeting

    Ratcliffe, Martin

    Pages 80-89

  • The State of the Universe... ...New Steps in Expanding our Knowledge

    Kaler, James

    Pages 90-97

  • High-Stakes Astronomy at Low Frequencies... ...Opening Up a New Wavelength Frontier

    Petersen, Carolyn Collins

    Pages 98-105

  • Where Do All the Stars Come from?... ...New Views of Star Formation with the Spitzer Space Telescope

    Rebull, Luisa (et al.)

    Pages 106-115

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-73998-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.95
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-0-387-71674-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
State of the Universe 2008
Book Subtitle
New Images, Discoveries, and Events
Authors
Series Title
Popular Astronomy
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-73998-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-73998-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-71674-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 183
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing
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