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  • Hardcover: 721 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 4th ed. 2002 edition (Dec 28 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387987460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387987460
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #765,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Astrophysical Quantities - APQ to many astrophysicists - has been an essential reference book from its first publication in 1955… Finally the fourth edition has been produced. It has taken 90 contributors to duplicate Allen's heroic single-handed efforts, but the result is well worth the wait. The new book is twice the size of the previous edition and contains many new topics and extended coverage of other topics that have increased in importance in the last three decades. … the new edition of APQ promises to be as useful as the old one, and most serious astronomers will want a copy…"

C.R.Kitchin

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Allen's third edition was one of those reference books that you develop a personal relationship with. It was small enough to get to know, and quirky enough to require getting to know. This fourth is a committee effort, bigger, more authoritative, more up to date. I doubt that I will develop a warm affection for it, as I did it's predecessor, but I will use it just the same.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ab43f54) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9acb6654) out of 5 stars *A.Q.* in James Michener's <Space> along with Norton's Star Atlas March 31 2012
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From previous readings of James Michener's novel <Space> I was familiar with fervent admiration for Norton's Star Atlas in it, but only last night did I realize later mentioned is Allen's Astrophysical Quantities, known as A.Q., the Green Book, the astronomer's bible. The author, C.W. Allen merited an extraordinary 8-page obituary in 1987 in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. His last, 3rd edition 1973 revision, in contrast to the 2001 4th edition by 90 contributers, is a marvel of physical insight and interconnections requiring at most only high-school-level math or its terminology, whereas the 4/e has much calculus and advanced math, though this latter is a good successor once you are thoroughly familiar with the 3/e. Both editions are now dated to some extent, though the 1973 version well retains some of the flair and mystique of the nights when optical astronomy from Earth's surface held undisputed sway.
HASH(0x9acb6d38) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 26 2015
By george w. preston III - Published on Amazon.com
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as advertised, im happy
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HASH(0x9ab4d120) out of 5 stars From a fan of the third edition Jan. 28 2001
By ddd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Allen's third edition was one of those reference books that you develop a personal relationship with. It was small enough to get to know, and quirky enough to require getting to know. This fourth is a committee effort, bigger, more authoritative, more up to date. I doubt that I will develop a warm affection for it, as I did it's predecessor, but I will use it just the same.


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