StarBriefs 2001: A Dictionary of Abbreviations, Acronyms and Symbols in Astronomy, Related Space Sciences and Other Related Fields (Paperback)
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StarBriefs 2001: A Dictionary of Abbreviations, Acronyms and Symbols in Astronomy, Related Space Sciences and Other Related Fields (Paperback)

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This compilation probably looks like one of the craziest things a human being could spend his or her time on. Yet nobody would wonder at someone taking a short walk every day - after twenty five years that person would have covered a surprisingly long distance. This is exactly the story behind this list, which appeared first as a few pages within the directory StarGuides (or whatever name it had at that time) and as a distinct sister publication since 1990. The idea behind this dictionary is to offer astronomers and related space scientists practical assistance in decoding the numerous abbreviations, acronyms, contractions and symbols which they might encounter in all aspects of the vast range of their professional activities, including traveling. Perhaps it is a bit paradoxical, but if scientists quickly grasp the meaning of an acronym solely in their own specific discipline, they will probably encounter more difficulties when dealing with adjacent fields. It is for this purpose that this dictionary might be most often used. Scientists might also refer to this compilation in order to avoid identifying a project by an acronym which already has too many meanings or confused definitions.

Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789401058742
Number of pages: 813
Weight: 2123 g
Dimensions: 297 x 210 x 41 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200


MEDIA REVIEWS
If there were a yellow pages' of astronomy, this massive book would be it.'
Sky & Telescope, April 2001
Publication of this source--the printed counterpart of the established and reliable free Web resource StarWorlds maintained at the Centre de DonnA(c)es Astronomiques de Strasbourg--is commendable because it provides libraries with important options. Entries are listed for more than 100 countries and for each US state. A large index lists keywords in the names of organizations, cities where organizations are located, and acronyms. Entries, arranged in single full-page columns, allow ample room for unbroken URLs and for restful white space. Entries include full name, address, telephone, fax and Web addresses; date of founding, membership, and staff size; basic activities and publications; and coordinates for both observational sites and the site headquarters in cities if different from observational sites. Most entries include a few keywords to indicate major areas of research or contributions. Extensive spot-checking of entries revealed good accuracy. This compilation has merit both for its archival qualities and its browsability. For researchers and professionals.'
A. Jensen, University of California, Berkeley in Choice, May 2001

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