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A Catalog of Comets

Volume 1. Ancient–1799

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Part of Cometography

  • Date Published: September 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521585040

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  • Cometography is the most complete and comprehensive collection of data on comets available. It comes in four self-contained sequential volumes and this, the first, covers ancient times through to the end of the eighteenth century. Cometography uses the most reliable orbits known to determine all the key parameters of each well observed comet. Cometography also provides nontechnical details to help the reader understand how the comet may have influenced various cultures at the time of its appearance. All the information in Cometography has been sourced directly from the original documents, including European monastic histories, Roman, Greek and Muslim texts, Chinese, Japanese and Korean scripts. In many cases, dates of important historical events can be corrected based on the appearance of a comet and identified using this book. Cometography will be valuable to historians of science as well as providing amateur and professional astronomers with a definitive reference on comets through the ages.

    • The most comprehensive and complete catalogue of comets available
    • The correct identification of comets in history is often used to correct the dates of important historical events, hence this book will also be invaluable to historians of science
    • By the author of the well-known, Comets: A Descriptive Catalog (Enslow Publishers; pub 1984, sold 7000, now OP) and Meteor Showers (Enslow Publishers; pub 1988, sold 5000, now OP)
    • Volume 2 due for publication c. September 2000; Volume 3 publication c. June 2001; Volume 4 publication c. January 2002
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "What he did is phenomenal." Daniel Green, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Daily Guide

    " indispensable reference for historians, comet researchers, and true enthusiasts of the field...the book's value is inestimable and I can only give [it] my highest praise." Sky & Telescope

    "Kronk offers the first of four volumes on cometography; together they will form a catalog of every comet observed throughout history. These volumes are an ambitious project that will be a valuable reference for scientists and historians in many fields." Choice

    "...many interesting and scientific results...Cometography is not only a valuable addition to scientists studying comets; it also makes interesting factual reading for amateur and professional astronomers, historians, and nonscientists." Meteoritics & Planetary Science

    "This book is highly recommended for any academic or research library." E-Streams

    "The principle value of Cometography is the comprehensive list of references for each comet which alone makes it well worth the price. It is sure to become the stnadard cometary reference source and potentially could help form the basis for many research projects...The general reader, amateur astronomer, graduate and reseracher alike will benefit immensely from access to Cometography 2 in addition to the other volumes in the series. Volumes 3 and 4 are soon to be published. Every library with a comet section should invest in the Cometography series. Congratulations to Gary Kronk on a lifetime of scholarly achievement." Contemporary Physics, J. McFarland

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521585040
    • length: 580 pages
    • dimensions: 263 x 189 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.22kg
    • contains: 185 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Catalogue of comets
    Appendix I. Uncertain objects
    Appendix II. Periodical abbreviations
    Appendix III. Source abbreviations.

  • Author

    Gary W. Kronk

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