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... anyone with an interest in the accuracy of popular-science writing should read Alan B Whiting's Hindsight and Popular Astronomy, which offers an excellent guide to answering the question 'How far should I believe what I am told?'
--Physics World

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A Fascinating, Engrossing Book 14 Nov 2011
By SusanWKemp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm glad I read this fascinating, engrossing book. I personally have always been interested in the odd things people used to think, so I enjoyed hearing the theories that this or that astronomer championed, such as that the full moon tends to disperse clouds, or that meteors come from a mighty primeval Earth volcano.

But there's a lot more to this book than that, and Whiting sets things up by explaining certain concepts in clear, understandable terms. That's a good thing because this book is jam-packed with concepts and theories by the different astronomers Whiting reviews, along with comparisons of what we know now. During the course of the book he continues to explain scientific ideas in context. He wraps up the book with an extremely thought-provoking summary, well worth the wait.

Although the book is written clearly enough that non-scientists can follow it, I think beginning and advanced scientists and astronomers would benefit a great deal from reading it, because it sets such a strong foundation for presenting and working out scientific ideas. I could see this book being a very useful tool for classrooms, good for generating interesting discussions, and explaining concepts and approaches in science in a way that really makes sense.
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Hindsight yields foresight 15 Mar 2011
By Water Child - Published on Amazon.com
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Analysis is a good habit and transferable to many disciplines.
Altho not well versed in astronomy, I found Hindsight an interesting exercise, a quick read, and potentially useful to reviewing other studies and vocations.
There were a disturbing number of errors in editing, but the conversational style was generally hospitable and made what could have been a dry subject easy to digest.
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