1st Edition

Encyclopedia of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Edited By P Murdin Copyright 2001

    In a unique collaboration, Nature Publishing Group and Institute of Physics Publishing have published the most extensive and comprehensive reference work in astronomy and astrophysics. This unique resource covers the entire field of astronomy and astrophysics and this online version includes the full text of over 2,750 articles, plus sophisticated search and retrieval functionality and links to the primary literature.

    The Encyclopaedia's authority is assured by editorial and advisory boards drawn from the world's foremost astronomers and astrophysicists. This first class resource is an essential source of information for undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and seasoned professionals, as well as for committed amateurs, librarians and lay people wishing to consult the definitive astronomy and astrophysics reference work.

    Nearly 700 articles listed


    Paul Murdin has worked as an astronomer in the USA, Australia, England, Scotland and Spain, where he led the operation of the Anglo-Dutch Isaac Newton Group of telescopes.

    "… The Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics must be one of the grandest reference works in science today … It is a vast achievement, occupying four volumes and 3600 pages, with 700 main articles and a slightly greater number of short entries … Paul Murdin and his team of contributors are to be congratulated on a major achievement …"
    -Physics World

    "It's refreshing to find a product that exceeds your expectations … this encyclopedia sets a new standard for astronomical publishing … it's technical and literary quality is superb … this encyclopedia-unlike any other similar work in astronomy-has the potential to never go out of date … Can you fall in love with an encyclopedia? I have several times. And I'm in love again."
    -Leif J. Robinson, Sky and Telescope

    "The Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics is truly a landmark publication."
    -Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

    "… a valuable set of educational material that should not be missing from any university and research institute."
    -M. Kontizas, European Astronomical Society

    "…one of the grandest reference works in science today."
    -Michael Rowan-Robinson, Physics World

    "…this is a work which no astronomical library should be without."
    -Robin Scagell, Popular Astronomy, April 2001

    "… the encyclopedia offers an overwhelming amount of material that's really just too interesting! … the standard is typically such that the great majority of the material should be readily accessible to an undergraduate, or serious amateur, while enough detail is given for the encyclopedia to be a valuable tool for the research scientist … In my view, purchasers will certainly get value for their money. These volumes represent the culmination of an endeavor of magisterial proportions, of which succeeds in providing a reference work of unprecedented breadth, depth and authority, and which is accessible and useful at a wide range of levels … If you're not sure if it's worth it, lobby your local public library to buy a set; you'll be doing them a favor, and I think you'll be favorably impressed."
    -Ian D. Howarth, The Observatory

    "This encyclopedia provides a reference text with no rival in astrophysics and astronomy … It's editorial team and advisory board comprise a large number of distinguished and experienced astronomers and astrophysicists, and it does not take long to realize that the encyclopedia is an authoritative, well-written, and well-informed piece of work. It is not hard to say that this is a very valuable addition to a library. Every department should have access to it. With its extensive entries and essays on such a broad range of topics, the browsability of these volumes makes them of interest to a very wide variety of audiences. Many students will find it exciting to be able to access such subject depth in a non-textbook format."
    -Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, Vol. 3, Issue 1, June 2002