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The Cambridge Photographic Guide to the Planets

The Cambridge Photographic Guide to the Planets

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  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521781831

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  • The Cambridge Photographic Guide to the Planets includes a broad selection of the latest images of the planets, moons, comets, and asteroids of the Earth's Solar System. Beginning with a comprehensive introduction to the planetary system, its origin and its evolution, physicist Frederick Taylor devotes each chapter to a different planet or Solar System body, with a thorough presentation of its moons and rings, and incorporates images from planetary missions and explanatory captions. Having worked with NASA and the European Space Agency on missions to Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, and Titan, Taylor offers an unusually experienced perspective in this comprehensive reference. Frederic W. Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist in the Earth and Space Sciences Division at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. His research interests include the physics of planetary atmospheres; experimental methods for studying atmospheres; and the theory of atmospheric radiation and atmospheric molecular spectroscopy.

    • Full of the latest images from planetary missions
    • Comprehensive descriptions of the solar system bodies and the puzzles they pose for scientists
    • The author is highly respected and has worked with NASA and ESA on many planetary missions
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    "...a beautifully illustrated tour of our solar system's planets." Natural History

    "Taylor presents the latest and most interesting pictures of planets, comets, and asteroids and details what these brillian color and black-and-white photographs reveal to the public and scientists. Moreover, these imags are accompanied by informative text about each planet and its moons and rings." Science News

    "Taylor's captions are vivid, clear, and concise, so that the reader with no geological training will find himself in the first chapter quickly learning the effects of impact melting, shock waves, and impact energy on the character of a planet's surface." Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin

    "It is written in an informative but approachable style and presents a good summary of where we are at in terms of our knowledge of the Solar System to date. If you're looking for a solid introduction to planetary astronomy, this is a good place to start." TPO

    "Taylor offers a selection of the latest images of solar system objects obtained from interplanetary mission and adveanced telescopic technologies.... it is an excellent book for anyone interested in the solar system." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521781831
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 284 x 226 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.547kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 255 colour illus. 19 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Mercury
    Venus
    Earth and Moon
    Mars
    Asteroids and comets
    The Jovian system
    The Saturnian system
    The Uranian system
    Neptune
    Pluto and the edge of the solar system.

  • Author

    Fredric W. Taylor, University of Oxford
    Fred Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist in the Earth and Space Sciences Division at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. His research interests include the physics of planetary atmospheres; experimental methods for studying atmospheres; and the theory of atmospheric radiation and atmospheric molecular spectroscopy. Professor Taylor has worked with NASA or the European Space Agency on missions to Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury and Titan.

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