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Countdown! [Paperback]

Sir Patrick Moore
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29 Sep 2009
Written with his trademark combination of wit and accessible science, and updated to include the latest theories on asteroids and climate change, this is a must-read book for anyone with an interest in popular science in general, and how the world might end in particular.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (29 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752452223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752452227
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer. He has presented the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme since 1957 and written over 60 books. Recognised by the scientific community as one of the greatest authorities in the field, he was awarded the OBE in 1968. In 2001 he received a Knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He lives in Selsey, Sussex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What Planet are You on? 26 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This review refers to the 2009 edition.

Reading just the back cover, one might stereotype the content as a debunking of amusingly wild doomsday predictions. This type of material totals only about one third of the book, but is well worth reading for this part alone. Moore's irreverent wit is hilarious: Many of the delusional theories are given for example only, the only sensible response is to laugh hard!

However, the rest of the book reads as a popular science summary of extraterrestrial ways the earth might end (however improbable or far into the future.) Some readers might equate these lengthly digressions as of tenuous relevance to the title, but I find Moore's unique cosmological appraisal of the future to be rich in salient facts and generally well thought out. (Though Moore's current opinion on global warming differs from the mainstream view, but he quickly acknowledges he may be wrong on this.)

Being critical, the book covers too much subject matter to do justice to some of the subject matter, but Moore accepts this in favour of keeping the book accessible. The result is a highly entertaining tour of crazy people's ideas, contrasted against a background of popular scientific rationality. Read it, learn from Moore's wealth of knowledge and enjoy from start to finish!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Countdown to entertainment 20 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover
"Countdown" is a book by Patrick Moore, the British amateur astronomer. As a teenager, I've read a Swedish translation of the original (1983) edition. There's apparently a much extended 2009 edition as well, which I haven't seen.

Moore takes us on an epic journey through Western end-times predictions, from the religious to the "scientific", with the inevitable cooks thrown in here and there. He's short on analysis - a scholar of comparative religion would go bonkers reading this - but at least the book is irreverently entertaining! The Millerites are prominently featured, alongside Velikovsky, the Welt Eis Lehre, the movie Star Wars and (surprise) the Aetherius Society. A chapter on astrology is included, and so is the so-called Jupiter Effect, which Moore himself was apparently involved in debunking.

Sometimes, the connection between Moore's whipping-boys and end-times predictions is pretty slim, and it's obvious that the author has really written a sequel to "Can you speak Venusian", a more general book about Independent Thinkers (read: cranks, pseudo-scientists and cultists). When I read "Countdown" years ago, I was somewhat stunned by Moore's claim to be a friend of George Adamski. How could a prominent British astronomer be on a friendly basis with a crackpot UFO contactee? Later, I learned that Moore is an *amateur* astronomer, popular science writer and media personality, which explains his rather strange pastimes. (But then, the Astronomer Royal Fred Hoyle had pretty strange pastimes, too! Archaeopteryx, anyone?)

"Countdown" should perhaps be taken with a certain grain of salt - Moore seems to have been something of a prankster, so who knows what he and Adamski were *really* up to, LOL - but as light reading on a weekend evening, it's excellent.

Five stars.

(This review is of the 1983 edition.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Countdown to entertainment 17 Sep 2011
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Format:Hardcover
"Countdown" is a book by Patrick Moore, the British amateur astronomer. As a teenager, I've read a Swedish translation of the original (1983) edition. There's apparently a much extended 2009 edition as well, which I haven't seen.

Moore takes us on an epic journey through Western end-times predictions, from the religious to the "scientific", with the inevitable cooks thrown in here and there. He's short on analysis - a scholar of comparative religion would go bonkers reading this - but at least the book is irreverently entertaining! The Millerites are prominently featured, alongside Velikovsky, the Welt Eis Lehre, the movie Star Wars and (surprise) the Aetherius Society. A chapter on astrology is included, and so is the so-called Jupiter Effect, which Moore himself was apparently involved in debunking.

Sometimes, the connection between Moore's whipping-boys and end-times predictions is pretty slim, and it's obvious that the author has really written a sequel to "Can you speak Venusian", a more general book about Independent Thinkers (read: cranks, pseudo-scientists and cultists). When I read "Countdown" years ago, I was somewhat stunned by Moore's claim to be a friend of George Adamski. How could a prominent British astronomer be on a friendly basis with a crackpot UFO contactee? Later, I learned that Moore is an *amateur* astronomer, popular science writer and media personality, which explains his rather strange pastimes. (But then, the Astronomer Royal Fred Hoyle had pretty strange pastimes, too! Archaeopteryx, anyone?)

"Countdown" should perhaps be taken with a certain grain of salt - Moore seems to have been something of a prankster, so who knows what he and Adamski were *really* up to, LOL - but as light reading on a weekend evening, it's excellent.

Five stars.

(This review is of the 1983 edition.)
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