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This book emphasizes the synergy between high technology and our ability to study and comprehend the universe. It describes the key technologies and ways in which computers affect modern astronomy. The author discusses instrumentation for infrared, ultraviolet x-ray, radio and gamma-ray astronomy, and considers the new generation of telescopes.
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UCLA Outstanding Teaching Award for Astronomy every year since 1991-present
Hughes/Griffith Observatory Science Writing Award: Honorable Mention 1993, 1996
From the reviews of the second edition:
"The book literally covers everything you ever wanted to know about the design and technology behind CCDs. Well written and informative, the book is littered with technical diagrams and useful equations for anyone interested in either developing their own CCD device or writing image processing algorithms and plug-ins. Not only that ... this is a book that every university undergraduate studying instrumentation should probably have on their bookshelf." (Nick Howes, Astronomy Now, January, 2009)
"McLean ... provides an excellent primer for those with a technical interest in these amazing devices. ... the book is a compendium of astronomical methods and instrumentation. ... McLean’s book ... would be an excellent college-level resource. In fact, it should be on the shelf of anyone who wants a firm technical background in astronomical methods and instrumentation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 46 (7), March, 2009)
"This is the second edition of a book whose purpose is to explain the workings of electronic detectors and instruments. ... This ambitious book is in part an attempt to provide an overview of just what your strange-looking instrument is doing. ... this is an excellent book, packed with information and written in a clear and accessible style which will make it invaluable to any student or supervisor. Highly recommended." (Paul O’Brien, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1210), June, 2009)
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Book Description Wiley, 1997. Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP104735988
Book Description Wiley, 1997. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0471969710-2-4