THE value of this work to astronomers and others interested in astronomical matters is now so well known, in spite of this being only its third appearance, that the present issue will be warmly welcomed. In the compilation of such an undertaking as this, Dr. Wislicenus and his co-workers are to be heartily congratulated, for they have brought together a very great number of most useful references and excellent brief extracts of all the more important publications of the past year. The volume now contains 671 pages, and the compiler informs us that this will probably be about its normal size. The second volume contained 552 references more than the first one, and the one before us shows an excess over the second by 193 references. This latter excess was chiefly due to the great number of papers on Nova Persei, which required 228 references; alone. In future, to keep down the number of such references, the compiler proposes to include under one reference all those publications which appear during a year under the same heading and by the same author. This seems a very rational suggestion.
By Walter F. Wislicenus. Band iii. Pp. xxxi + 671. (Berlin: Georg Reimer, 1902.)
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LOCKYER, W. Astronomischer Jahresbericht . Nature 66, 198 (1902). https://doi.org/10.1038/066198a0