Item description for Astronomy on the Personal Computer by R.M. West Oliver Montenbruck...
Astronomy on the Personal Computer provides the reader with a thorough introduction to the computation of celestial mechanics, which is of particular significance to astronomical observation. Covering everything from astronomical and computational theory to the construction of rapid and accurate applications programs, this book supplies the necessary knowledge and software solutions for determining and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, minor planets and comets, solar eclipses, stellar occultations by the Moon, phases of the Moon and much more. This completely revised edition makes use of the widely implemented programming language C++, and individual applications may be efficiently realized through the use of a powerful module library. The accompanying CD-ROM contains, in addition to the complete, fully documented and commented source codes, the executable programs for use with the Windows 98/2000/XP and LINUX operating systems.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.2" Height: 1" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Jul 21, 2005
ISBN 3540672214 ISBN13 9783540672210
Reviews - What do customers think about Astronomy on the Personal Computer?
Good C++ book for astromical calc Sep 21, 2003
This book does not use c-like/c++ but true c++. It begins with Vec3D class hiding private menbers. I learn many things of objective astronomical calc from this book.
Exceptional value for money Jan 12, 2002
What I appreciate about this book is that details of many aspects of astronomical computations are clearly explained together with extensively documented full C++ source code and references for further information. As a bonus, extensive star catalogues are supplied, for use with, for example, astrometry.
C++ is *not* my language of choice, but the authors seem to have done a masterful job of using C++ features well, while avoiding obfuscation. Initially at least, I am translating things as I go into Mathematica, as a check that I am understanding what I am reading.
All in all, for getting under the hood, I think Montenbruck and Pfleger provide exceptional value for money.