Practical Astronomy New Handbook of the Heavens Astronomy Worlds Without End

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PROF. J. J. NASSAU'S book is intended for students in civil engineering who have had no other course in astronomy, and for other students who wish to do some observational work to supplement the theoretical side of their study. This second edition incorporates revisions and additions, which have resulted in a fifty per cent increase as compared with the first, published in 1931. Part 1 deals with fundamental principles and ordinary determinations of time, latitude and longitude, as well as with the instruments used for these purposes. Part 2 presents all the advanced material necessary for field-work in geodetic astronomy, and includes a description of the modern astrolabe and its use in determining the geographical position of the observer. The book is adequately illustrated and is a most useful handbook that should satisfy all the needs of those for whom it is intended. The fact that it is designed for use with the "American Ephemeris" need not deter readers in other countries, as the tables required are similar to those published in other national ephemerides. Moreover, the ones needed for working out the examples given in the book are reprinted at the end of the volume.

Practical Astronomy

By Prof. Jason John Nassau. (McGraw-Hill Astronomical Series, Second edition. Pp. xii+311. (New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1948.) 30s.

New Handbook of the Heavens

By Hubert J. Bernhard Dorothy A. Bennett Hugh S. Rice. (Whittlesey House Publication.) Revised edition. Pp. xi+360. (New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1948.) 18s.


By William T. Skilling Robert S. Richardson. Revised edition. Pp. xi+692. (New York: Henry Holt and Co.; London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1948.) 28s. net.

Worlds Without End

By Sir H. Spencer Jones. Revised edition. Pp. xv+262+32 plates. (London: English Universities Press, Ltd., 1948.) 10s. 6d. net.

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STEAVENSON, W. Practical Astronomy New Handbook of the Heavens Astronomy Worlds Without End. Nature 163, 744–745 (1949) doi:10.1038/163744b0

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