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by Martin A. Ratcliffe

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Martin A. Ratcliffe
Astronomy & Space Science
Praxis; 2008 edition (December 6, 2007)
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by Martin A. Ratcliffe (Author). Emily Baldwin, Astronomy Now, July, 2008).

Authors: Ratcliffe, Martin.

The aim of the State of the Universe annuals is to provide an annual . Chapter 1 – ‘A Year in News and Pictures’, written by Martin Ratcliffe, appears every year and makes up the first half of the annual.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ― Rumi.

Springer Praxis Books: Popular Astronomy). by. Martin Ratcliffe.

Series: Springer Praxis Books: Popular Astronomy. By: Martin Ratcliffe.

The State of the Universe annuals provide an annual astronomy review suitable for the popular science-level reader. The 2008 annual covers the year’s astronomical news on topics beyond the Solar System, placing them in the context of the longer-term goals of astronomers and astrophysicists around the world. The book also includes web links for all major news stories, providing a bridge between the public news stories and the actual research web sites.

  • LØV€ YØỮ
I bought this book as a gift. The recipient has had an interest in Astronomy for many years.
He found the book lovely to look at, interesting to read. A great addition to his personal library, where he can browse it over and over again. A good book for a novice and still a good book for someone more knowledgable.
  • Xangeo
This is an excellent book if you are simply looking to update yourself on what's currently going on in the aerospace, astronomy, astrophysics, optics, etc. fields. It gives just enough information to enlighten one on the latest and greatest of these fields. However, if you're looking for a more in-depth look at the multiple topics presented in this book, you'll have to turn to supplementary materials (which this book does a good job of referencing so that you don't have to conduct in-depth supplementary materials searches yourself). It reads like a magazine full of editorials, and they are written by scientists and researchers who are renowned in their respective fields of research.

It is a bit redundant in places, as it covers some topics that were "cutting edge" in the previous volume, "State Of The Universe 2007." But that is to be expected, as many such topics can remain at the forefront of these fields of interest for years at a time. Nevertheless, there is plenty of new material, making it worth while to get "SOTU 2008" even if you have "SOTU 2007."

In summary, this book does exactly what it was intended to do - inform interested parties of what's going on at the forefront of the many astronomically-related fields in a clear and concise manner.
  • Oppebro
This book should be in the reading list of every educator who is involved in teaching Astronomy. Martin Ratcliff has collected in one publication information that would require many hours of research from the worlds leading authorities in each subject. I particularly liked the references given to each entry and have been able to contact via e-mail a number of the contributors to raise questions and gain further information.

A must in any library.

Frank Gear F.R.A.S.
NIAS Planetarium