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Astrophysical Techniques, Fifth Edition
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Kitchin (U. of Herfordshire, England) updates his textbook introducing the instruments and techniques used in astronomy and astrophysics to undergraduate science students, and perhaps to amateur astronomers who have no more than a high school level of mathematics. He mentions no dates for earlier editions, but this fifth discusses several new instruments, while keeping topics that, while not relevant to professional astronomers now, may still be used by amateurs and referenced in classical studies. He also adds a brief discussion of the invention of the telescope these four centuries ago, and its subsequent development. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Providing a thorough account of the instruments and techniques used in astronomy and astrophysics, this textbook is ideal for both undergraduate and early postgraduate courses. Professor Kitchin has provided a unified introductory view of astrophysical investigation. The fully illustrated text starts from first principles and explains each method up to the point at which the reader can begin practical work with the equipment and even start designing it. The new edition version provides a complete overhaul of the material, by either reducing or eliminating the space given to older technologies. It also introduces and expands on the modern detection methods; web-based databases; and astronomical resources.
Emphasizing the underlying unity of all astronomical observations, Astrophysical Techniques, Fifth Edition provides a coherent state-of-the-art account ofthe instruments and techniques used in current astronomy and astrophysics. The fifth edition of this well-respected text includes many new instruments and techniques while removing some that have long been unused by both professional and amateur astronomers.
New to the Fifth Edition Brief discussion on the invention and development of the telescope New section that describes the attempts to detect dark matter and dark energy Extended and updated discussions on computer, Internet, and spacecraft-based observations and research
By covering the instruments, techniques, theory, and data processing of astrophysics in sufficient depth, this text forms a thorough grounding for beginners and is a handy reference for more advanced students and professionals.
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