Sun, Moon, Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses, from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren

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An astronomer traces the natural history of solar eclipses from supernatural to scientific phenomenon, showing us a more wonderful way to look up at the sky

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.



Title : Sun, Moon, Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses, from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets
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ISBN : 0465060927
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 239 pages


Reviews


Grumpus rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2016

Bucket list pre-read as I ready myself for my five hour drive south to Makanda, IL on August 21, 2017 to see the total eclipse of the sun! This is a bucket list item because the last total solar eclipse that crossed the United States along a similar path was June 8, 1918. If I miss this one, I’ll...


Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

August 26, 2017

My friend had this in her car on our drive to the path of totality on Monday, so I dived in looking for the tales of "doom" that the cover suggests. I was very disappointed that the author barely touched on ancient eclipses! The book was very much about the science behind them, their history, how...


Kris rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2017

I read this book in preparation for the Great American Eclipse of 2017. There is a lot of fascinating and amazing information here. August 21st is going to be the event of a lifetime!


Claire rated it ★★★★☆

August 21, 2017

For a book on a topic I don't care much about and can't seem to wrap my head around, it was good. However, it was not good as an audiobook. The author read it himself and did a fine job, but diagrams go a long way in describing astronomical movement.


Leslie rated it ★★★☆☆

August 22, 2017

A great read before the solar eclipse yesterday. Even though it's supposed to be written for the non scientist, or at least I assume as much, I had to reread more than one paragraph because of the pain of too many neurons firing in my brain. Some of the subject matter dealt deep into Sheldon (fro...


Kathy rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

Fabulous book for anyone, especially those interested in the history and beauty of the most amazing natural phenomenon in the world, a Total Solar Eclipse. Unfortunately the author did dip into criticizing creationism, which is typical of any "esoteric scientist" thinking their depth of understan...


Katherine rated it ★★★★☆

October 02, 2017

I read this book only after viewing the eclipse in the parking lot of the Canada College campus. Ideally, we would have gone further north but our daughter had started 11th grade and was not able to easily take time out. After I dropped her off at school, I decided to park since there were quite...


Batgirl13 rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2017

When I made plans to be in totality for the eclipse of 2017, I knew I needed to read a book to figure out more about what to expect and I wanted to understand eclipses better in general. This book cover caught my eye and I was not disappointed. In all the other reading I did in magazines, online,...


Leanne rated it ★★★★★

August 14, 2017

This is such a perfect book to read before seeing the "great American eclipse of 2017." It's on audible so it would be great to listen as you are on the road to seeing the eclipse, wherever that may be. If you could only read one book to prepare for the event, this would be the one. The author is...


Hilary rated it ★★★★☆

June 25, 2017

I was sent this book in anticipation of the 2017 eclipse and it absolutely developed an excitement for the event – and hopefully it will help me have a fuller appreciation of the total solar eclipse. The book is an easy read, though it does tap into some complex topics such as Einstein's theory of...





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