Paul Murdin has worked as an astronomer in the USA, Australia, England, Scotland and Spain, where he led the operation of the Anglo-Dutch Isaac Newton Group of telescopes. He has been a research scientist (studying supernovae, black holes and neutron stars) and a science administrator for the UK Government and the Royal Astronomical Society. He works at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, England, and is Visiting Professor at John Moores University, Liverpool. He has had a secondary career as a broadcaster and commentator, and is a talented lecturer and writer on astronomy. He has been honoured in the UK by the Queen for his services to astronomy.
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It just doesn't seem possible...6 April 2010
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It doesn't seem possible that a book by a practicing scientist about one of the most important astronomical events of the century could be written so poorly. No doubt that is why this book never went to a PB edition. I was disappointed after the preface. Apparently no one proofed or edited this stinker before it went to press.
Consider this pithy excerpt from the very first page: "I never met a good astronomer who fitted the ivory-tower..."(!)
Here is a typo already on p. 3: " ...Kepler said of the supernova of 1604 that it would being good fortune to publishers..."
Another gem from p. 3: "The supernova received a recognition which is is reckoned to be a distinction of sorts...."
My, my Mr. Murdin ... you are in dire need of a good editor; or maybe just a ghostwriter.
I end with an impassioned plea to publishers of scientific books everywhere: For the love of science will you please choose writers based on their writing skills rather than the positions or titles they hold?