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A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud

  • Written by Brian May, guitarist of the legendary rock band, Queen

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    • Brian Harold May
    Pages 1-39
  3. Reduction of the data

    • Brian Harold May
    Pages 77-104
  4. Current developments and future plans

    • Brian Harold May
    Pages 149-160
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 161-215

About this book

The Zodiacal Light, that misty diffuse cone of light seen in the West after Sunset and the East before Sunrise, is a beautiful and intriguing phenomenon. Even though everyone can enjoy the sight from a suitably dark location, it is poorly understood, and has been the subject of relatively little research. Brian May began his research into the subject in 1970, and was finally awarded his PhD in 2007, after a hiatus of more than 30 years pursuing his other career as guitarist with his rock band Queen. This book is Brian’s thesis, and as such presents the results of his research for astronomers.

 

Keywords

  • Brian May PhD
  • Brian May thesis
  • Brian May's research
  • Canopus
  • El Teide observations
  • Imperial College London
  • Solar System
  • Zodiacal Dust Cloud
  • dust in solar system
  • musician scientist
  • solar
  • stellar
  • zodiacal light book
  • zodiacal light explained

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The Queen guitarist Brian May has achieved a new milestone: he has published his PhD thesis in astronomy. … Entitled A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, his thesis analyses what happens to the dust particles left over from the formation of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. … Mike Lockwood, a physics professor at Southampton University, said May’s work was timely … . Brian Cox, a physics professor at Manchester University, applauded May’s tenacity. … That’s hugely impressive." (Jonathan Leake and Robert Watts, Times Online, August, 2008)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Astrophysics Group Department of Physics, Imperial College, London, UK

    Brian Harold May

About the author

Brian May CBE, PhD, ARCS, FRAS
Is a founding member of Queen, a world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer. Brian was forced to abandon his PhD studies at Imperial College London in 1974 when Queen’s popularity first exploded. He always retained a keen interest in astronomy and has been a regular contributor to The Sky at Night, BBC TV’s monthly astronomy programme hosted by Sir Patrick Moore. Returning to astrophysical research in 2006, he was awarded his PhD in 2007. He is Chancellor of John Moores University, and a patron to a number of charities, including the Mercury Phoenix Trust and the British Bone Marrow Donor Association. To contact Brian and enjoy updates on astronomy and his thoughts on various subjects from relativity to rock, visit his interactive website at www.brianmay.com.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-0-387-77706-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)