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The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System


  • 273 b/w illus. 314 colour illus.
  • Page extent: 468 pages
  • Size: 276 x 219 mm
  • Weight: 1.707 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.2
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QB501 .L24 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Solar system

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521813068 | ISBN-10: 0521813069)

  • Published October 2003

Replaced by 9780521198578


The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System provides a comprehensive, funamental, and up-to-date description of the solar system. It is written in a concise, light and uniform style, without being unnecessarily weighted down with specialized materials or the variable writing of multiple authors. It is filled with vital facts and information for astronomers of all types and for anyone with a scientific interest in the Earth, our Moon, all the other planets and their satellites, and related topics such as asteroids, comets, meteorites and meteors. The language, style, ideas and profuse illustrations will attract the general reader as well as professionals. A thorough report for general readers, it includes much compact reference data. Metaphors, similes and analogies will be of immense help to the lay person or non-science student, and they add to the enjoyment of the material. Vignettes containing historical, literary and even artistic material make this book unusual and interesting, and enhance its scientific content. Kenneth Lang is professor of astronomy in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Tufts University. He is the author of several astrophysics books, including The Sun from Space (Springer Verlag, 2000), Astrophysical Formulae: Radiation, Gas Processes, and High Energy Physics (Springer Verlag, 1999), Sun, Earth and Sky (Copernicus Books, 1997), Astrophysical Data: Planets and Stars (Springer Verlag, 1993), and Wanderers in Space: Exploration and Discovery in the Solar System (Cambridge, 1991),


Preface; Principal units; Part I. Changing Views and Fundamental Concepts: 1. Evolving perspectives - a historical prologue; 2. The new, close-up view from space 3. The invisible buffer zone with space - atmospheres, magnetospheres and the solar wind; Part II. The Inner System - Rocky Worlds: 4. Third rock from the Sun - restless Earth; 5. The Moon: stepping stone to the planets; 6. Mercury: a dense battered world; 7. Venus: the veiled planet; 8. Mars: the red planet; Part III. The Giant Planets, Their Satellites and Their Rings - Worlds of Liquid, Ice and Gas: 9. Jupiter: a giant primitive planet; 10. Saturn: lord of the rings; 11. Uranus and Neptune; Part IV. Remnants of Creation - Small Worlds in the Solar System: 12. Comets; 13. Asteroids and meteorites; 14. Colliding worlds; Appendix 1. Further reading; Appendix 2. Directory of web sites; Index.

Prize Winner

"Year's best astronomy books" in the 2005 annual special issue of Astronomy


"I would recommend this book to anyone generally interested in space science and exploration." Meteoritics & Planetary Science

"...a comprehensive and up-to-date description of the planets and their moons..." Astronomical Society of the Pacific

"Lang answers the age-old question 'Why does the sun shine?' in this clearly written, up-to-date, informative text...this is a wonderful current, comprehensive companion to the study of the sun that would be a solid addition to any academic reference collection, lower-division through graduate." Choice

"A good modern summary and reference for professionals." Choice

"Anyone with a need for information on the solar system should find fulfillment in the pages of this handsome work, and it is a beautiful browsing book." Booklist

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