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University Lowbrow Astronomers Book List
Advanced Book List

by Dave Snyder

This section gives a sampling of more advanced astronomy texts (many assume knowledge of calculus). See also Astronomy Bibliography - Fractals and Astronomy.

Atreya, S. K., Pollack, J. B. and Matthews, Mildred S., editors. 1989. Origin and Evolution of Planetary and Satellite Atmospheres. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Bahcall, John and Ostriker, Jeremiah P., editors. 1997. Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Bergstralh, Jay T., Mine, Elis D. and Matthews, Mildred S., editors. 1991. Uranus. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

This and the other books in this series consist of a set of research articles bound into a single book. Each book is long (most are on the order of 1000 pages).

Binney, James and Tremaine, Scott. 1987. Galactic Dynamics. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

A textbook used in advanced astronomy courses at the University of Michigan. It assumes knowledge of vector calculus.

Bottke, William F. Jr., Cellino, Alberto, Paolicchi, Paolo and Binzel, Richard P., editors. 2002. Asteroids III. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Bougher, S. W., Hunten, D. M. and Phillips, R. J., editors. 1997. Venus II - Geology, Geophysics, Atmosphere and Solar Wind Environment. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Burnham, John Jr. 1978. Burnham’s Celestial Handbook. Flagstaff, Arizona: Celestial Handbook Publications.

A lot of information contained in three volumes.

Burns, Joseph A. and Mildred S. Matthews, editors. 1986. Satellites. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Canup, R. M. and Righter, K., editors. 2000. Origin of the Earth and Moon. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Charles, Philip A. and Seward, Frederick D. 1995. Exploring the X-Ray Universe. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

One of the textbooks used in intermediate astronomy courses at the University of Michigan.

Cox, A. N., Livingston, W. C. and Matthews, M. S. editors. 1991. Solar Interior and Atmosphere. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Cruikshank, D. P., editor. 1995. Neptune and Triton. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Festou, M. C., Keller, H. U. and Weaver, H. A. editors. 2004. Comets II. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Gehrels, Tom, editor. 1976. Jupiter. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

------, editor. 1994. Hazards Due to Comets and Asteroids. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Gehrels, Tom and Matthews, Mildred S., editors. 1984. Saturn. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Greenberg, Richard and Brahic, André, editors. 1984. Planetary Rings. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Jokipii, J. R., Sonett, C. P. and Giampapa, M. S., editors. 1997. Cosmic Winds and the Heliosphere. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Jones, Glyn, editor. 1979. Webb Society Deep-Sky Observer’s Handbook, Volume 2: Planetary and Gaseous Nebulae. Hillside, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

------, editor. 1980. Webb Society Deep-Sky Observer’s Handbook, Volume 3: Open and Globular Clusters. Hillside, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

------, editor. 1981. Webb Society Deep-Sky Observer’s Handbook, Volume 4: Galaxies. Hillside, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

------, editor. 1982. Webb Society Deep-Sky Observer’s Handbook, Volume 5: Clusters of Galaxies. Hillside, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

------, editor. 1986. Webb Society Deep-Sky Observer’s Handbook, Volume 1: Double Stars. 2nd edition. Hillside, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

------, editor. 1987a. Webb Society Deep-Sky Observer’s Handbook, Volume 6: Anonymous Galaxies. Hillside, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

------, editor. 1987b. Webb Society Deep-Sky Observer’s Handbook, Volume 7: The Southern Hemisphere. Hillside, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

Karttunen, H. et al. 1996. Fundamental Astronomy. Berlin: Springer.

This is one of the textbooks used in intermediate level astronomy courses at the University of Michigan. It assumes a knowledge of calculus.

Kerridge, John F. and Mildred S. Matthews, editors. 1988. Meteorites and the Early Solar System. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Kieffer, H. H., Jakosky, B. M., Snyder, C. W. and Matthews, Mildred S., editors. 1992. Mars. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Lewis, John S., Matthews, Mildred S. and Guerrieri, Mary L. editors. 1993. Resources of Near-Earth Space. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Mannings, Vincent, Boss, Alan P. and Russell, Sara S., editors. 2000. Protostars and Planets IV. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

McFadden, Lucy-Ann, Weissman, Paul R., and Johnson, Torrence V., editors. 2007. Encyclopedia of the Solar System. 2nd edition. Amsterdam: Academic Press.

Meeus, Jean. 1998. Astronomical Algorithms. 2nd edition. Richmond, Virginia: Willmann-Bell, Inc.

Morrison, David, editor. 1982. Satellites of Jupiter. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Moulton, Forest Ray. 1970. An Introduction to Celestial Mechanics. 2nd revised edition. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

Newton, Issac. 1999. The Principia, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated by I. Bernard Cohen and Anne Whitman, assisted by Julia Budenz. Preceded by “A Guide to Newton’s Principia” by I. Bernard Cohen. London, England: University of California Press.

The second half of this book is a translation of the 3rd edition of Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (or if you prefer English, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) written by Sir Issac Newton, 1726. It can be referred to as simply The Principia and describes Newton’s Theory of Gravitation among other things. The Principia has a well deserved reputation as difficult to follow. Early translations used archaic terminology. This translation is somewhat easier to read.

The first half of the book gives a history of Newton including his interactions with Hooke and Halley, and how the The Principia came into being.

Smoluchowski, Roman, Bahcall, John N. and Matthews, Mildred S., editors. 1986. The Galaxy and the Solar System. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Sonett, C. P., Giampapa, M. S. and Matthews, Mildred S., editors. 1991. The Sun in Time. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Stern, Alan S. and Tholen, David J., editors. 1997. Pluto and Chiron. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Vilas, Faith, Chapman, Clark R. and Matthews, Mildred S., editors. 1988. Mercury. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.

Zombeck, Martin V. 1990. Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics. 2nd edition. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

This book is composed solely of tables, graphs, diagrams and formulae.

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