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2012-Oct-15, 06:20 PM
So I was happily scanning Amazon one day to see what was what in new astonomy books. There are some nice ones for $ 15 or $20, but suddenly my head snapped back when I saw one for $ 3,000! Jumpin' Jupiter!

It isn't even the orginal Almagest, but a brand new book coming in December.

This thing is 4,250 pages, apparently. [4,252 if they quickly include a comprehensive study of heliochromlogy; hint]

I'm not plugging the book -- who of us can afford it -- but applauding this publication milestone. Also, at least one of the authors (apparently wants to be called Ed like the rest of them, ;) ) is an active BAUTer, Cosmoquester, Cosmon, CQer. [Just what are we called now, anyway?]

Here are the authors and their respective work of Planet, Stars and Stellar Systems (http://www.amazon.com/Planets-Stars-Stellar-Systems-McLean/dp/9048188172/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350324297&sr=1-4&keywords=astronomy+Keel):

The six volumes of the set edited by Terry Oswalt (Editor-in-Chief) comprise: Volume 1: Telescopes and Instrumentation – Ian McLean (Ed.) Volume 2: Astronomical Techniques, Software, and Data – Howard E. Bond (Ed.) Volume 3: Solar and Stellar Planetary Systems – Linda French; Paul Kalas (Eds.) Volume 4: Stellar Structure and Evolution – Martin A. Barstow (Ed.) Volume 5: Stellar Systems and Galactic Structure – Gerard Gilmore (Ed.) Volume 6: Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology – William C. Keel (Ed.)

Save ~ $200 on the paperback. :)

Don Alexander
2012-Oct-15, 11:44 PM
Tee hee, I know who it is!

I even have an, erm, scientific publication with said gentleentity! :D

2012-Oct-16, 04:11 AM
That's cool. Got a link?

2012-Oct-20, 05:54 PM
Books used to be the cheapest things to own. First the Star Wars Chronicles now this.

2012-Oct-29, 07:27 PM
I see Amazon shows it now to be 4,350 pages! Yikes! It's... well, astronomical in size and scope. :scope:
[My apologies, of course, for those puns.]

So, who wants to write the review?

2012-Oct-29, 09:15 PM
If you want to see a sample (I would), several of the chapter authors for Volume 6, Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology, have posted preprints (sometimes abridged, which keeps the publisher happier). I know of:

Ron Buta, GalaxyMorphology (http://arxiv.org/abs/1102.0550)

Alister Graham, elliptical and disc galaxy structure, and modern scaling laws (http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.0997)

Alison Coil, Large-scale structure of the Universe (http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.6633)

Andrea Merloni and Sebastian Heinz, Evolution of active galactic nuclei (http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.4265)

The other 9 chapters include the CMBR, physics of AGN, galaxy ISM, environmental influences, the distance scale, the intergalactic medium, star formation in galaxies, clusters and the ICM, ad galaxies considered in the cosmological context. Latest count was 685 pages not counting front matter and index.