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Sun, Moon, Earth

Sun, Moon, Earth

The History of Solar Eclipses, From Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets

Book - 2016
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"On August 21, 2017, more than ten million Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipses' cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm Einstein's theory of relativity. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun Moon Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike"-- Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780465060924
0465060927
Branch Call Number: 523.7809 N756S 2016
Characteristics: xiii, 239 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 22 cm

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ArapahoeLesley Mar 29, 2017

An informative yet occasionally overly simplistic and repetitive read about solar eclipses. I would have liked more of the cultural history but nonetheless this book accomplished it's goal to get people excited about the upcoming total solar eclipse in August.

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