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Pluto : Sentinel of the Outer Solar System - Barrie William Jones


Sentinel of the Outer Solar System

Hardcover Published: 12th August 2010
ISBN: 9780521194365
Number Of Pages: 244

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Orbiting at the edge of the outer Solar System, Pluto is an intriguing object in astronomy.

Since the fascinating events surrounding its discovery, it has helped increase our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and raised questions about the nature and benefits of scientific classification.

This is a timely and exciting account of Pluto and its satellites. The author uses Pluto as a case study to discuss discovery in astronomy, how remote astronomical bodies are investigated, and the role of classification in science by discussing Pluto's recent classification as a dwarf planet.

Besides Pluto , the book also explores the rich assortment of bodies that constitute the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt, of which Pluto is the largest innermost member.

Richly illustrated, this text is written for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike. Boxed text provides more advanced information especially for readers who wish to delve deeper into the subject.

About the Author

Barrie W. Jones is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Open University. A highly regarded university lecturer, he has an outstanding record in the public understanding of science, particularly astronomy, through lectures, local and national radio and TV, articles in popular magazines and in the press.

Industry Reviews

'Thoroughly accessible ... a clear matter-of-fact style ... Jones's thorough approach offers popular science readers pretty much everything known about mysterious Pluto.' Publishers Weekly 'A timely, up-to-date and highly readable publication, beautifully presented. A collector's piece for any enthusiast.' Mark Stewart, Spaceflight 'Richly illustrated and up to date, this book is written for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike.' The Eggs EGU Newsletter (the-eggs.org) 'Jones' slim primer offers a useful distillation of eight decades of research into Pluto, and an intriguing preview of more findings to come.' Physics World 'That the author is a highly competent lecturer based at the Open University comes across in all that he has written. He marshals the facts and carefully leads the reader by the hand through various topics by explaining the different concepts from start to finish, without assuming any prior knowledge ... All in all an excellent book which includes some figures reproduced in colour and archive-quality paper ... thoroughly recommended to all those wishing to read up about Pluto ahead of the New Horizons encounter with the 'planet'.' Richard Miles, Journal of the British Astronomical Association 'It offers a readable history of the discovery of Pluto and a good primer on the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt.' Anthony Doerr, Boston Globe 'Gets into the nitty-gritty of Plutonian planetary science ... presents a sensible view on Pluto's current status.' MSNBC.com Cosmic Log 'Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System is very well suited to someone coming to the subject without much prior knowledge. It clearly explains the formation of Pluto and the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt of which it is part ... In the end, whatever you call it, Pluto is a fascinating and important object and despite its vast distance this book will [seem] to bring it far closer.' David Powell, Astronomy Now

The Solar System
The discovery of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
Pluto, a diminishing world
Pluto's family
Surfaces, atmospheres, interiors of Pluto and Charon
The Edgeworth-Kuiper belt
Is Pluto a planet?
The New Horizons mission to Pluto (and beyond)
Pluto: gateway to beyond?
Further reading and other resources

ISBN: 9780521194365
ISBN-10: 0521194369
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 12th August 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.547
Edition Number: 1