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An Introduction to Distance Measurement in Astronomy

An Introduction to Distance Measurement in Astronomy by Richard de Grijs
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Distance determination is an essential technique in astronomy, andis briefly covered in most textbooks on astrophysics and cosmology.It is rarely covered as a coherent topic in its own right. When itis discussed the approach is frequently very dry, splitting theteaching into, for example, stars, galaxies and cosmologies, and asa consequence, books lack depth and are rarely comprehensive.

Adopting a unique and engaging approach to the subject AnIntroduction to distance Measurement in Astronomy will take thereader on a journey from the solar neighbourhood to the edge of theUniverse, discussing the range of distance measurements methods onthe way.  The book will focus on the physical processesdiscussing properties that underlie each method, rather than justpresenting a collection of techniques.

As well as providing the most compressive account of distancemeasurements to date, the book will use the common theme ofdistance measurement to impart basic concepts relevant to a widevariety of areas in astronomy/astrophysics.

The book will provide an updated account of the progress made ina large number of subfields in astrophysics, leading to improveddistance estimates particularly focusing on the underlyingphysics.  Additionally it will illustrate the pitfalls inthese areas and discuss the impact of the remaining uncertaintiesin the complete understanding of the Universes at large. As aresult the book will not only provide a comprehensive study ofdistance measurement, but also include many recent advances inastrophysics.

Wiley; July 2011
288 pages; ISBN 9781119979807
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Title: An Introduction to Distance Measurement in Astronomy
Author: Richard de Grijs
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