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Patrick Moore: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Moore
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Throughout his distinguished career, Patrick Moore has, without a doubt, done more to raise the profile of astronomy among the British public than any other figure in the scientific world. As the presenter of The Sky at Night on BBC television for nearly 50 years he was honored with an OBE in 1968 and a CBE in 1988. In 2001 he was knighted 'for services to the popularisation of science and to broadcasting'. The BBC first aired The Sky at Night in April 1957 and it is now in the record books as the world's longest running TV series with the same presenter. He is also the author of over 60 books on astronomy, all of which, including his autobiography have been written on his 1908 typewriter. Partly thanks to his larger-than-life personality, Sir Patrick's own fame extends far behond astronomical circles. A self-taught musician and talented composer, he has displayed his xylophone-playing skills at the Royal Variety Performance and as a passionate supporter of cricket, he has played for the Lord's Taverners charity cricket team.

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About the Author

Over his illustrious life, Patrick has received a whole host of prestigious accolades. In 2001 Patrick received a knighthood from the Queen, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. Astronomy remains his first love and his enthusiasm for the subject shows no sign of dwindling as he enters his 82nd year.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2205 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075094014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750940146
  • ASIN: B006X738NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true star of Astronomy! 16 Feb. 2005
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This is the best read I have had for years! This marvellous Autobiography certainly depicts Sir Patrick's truly amazing character. This new and revised paperback is full of phenomenal stories and memories. My favourite part of the book is when Sir Patrick describes his meeting with Albert Einstein:
"Einstein was a talented violinist, and on this occasion he had a violin with him ... Pressed to show his skill, he said that he needed an accompanist. There was a piano to hand - and so there was Einstein playing Saint-Saens' Swan to my accompaniment."
When reading the Autobiography, I felt as though I was actually speaking with Patrick; it is remarkable the way his character shines through in the book - a shining star! All in all this is a fascinating and entertaining book, which would suit anyone who loves a good read!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Performer 28 Feb. 2005
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This is a fascinating, informative and highly-entertaining book which conveys the passion and humanity of its illustrious author. Moore writes authoratively about astronomy but the book always remains accessible to the average reader. When explaining why only rockets can be used for flight above the top of the atmosphere, he writes:
"Aircraft depend upon having air around them, and there is not much air above a few tens of miles, so that aircraft won't work. Rockets, on the other hand, depend upon what Isaac Newton called the "principle of reaction", every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so that a rocket will, so to speak, push against itself. If this baffles you, blow up a balloon and then suddenly let the air rush out. The balloon will shoot across the room, because it is being pushed by the air streaming out of its exhaust. In a rocket, a jet of gas is produced by a special kind of motor, usually involving a "fuel" and a "propellant", which when mixed together generate heat and send the gases out through the rocket exhaust."
However, the author's attention is not reserved exclusively for extra-terrestrial matters. He describes his fanaticism for cricket and humourously refers to his " curious leg-breaks, delivered at medium pace off a long, kangaroo-hop run and a cartwheel action". I especially enjoyed a delicious chapter entitled "The Tale of Mr Twitmarsh" in which he relishes in mocking incompetent bureaucracy. Forthright views on foxhunting and the European Union also reveal a man who is very much interested in current affairs. Yet the book reveals pathos, too. Patrick has remained a reluctant bachelor following the death of Lorna, " the only girl for me", killed by the Nazis in 1943.
I found this book compelling.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of a fascinating life. 3 May 2006
Insightful, entertaining, refreshingly politically incorrect and ultimately human. This story, written on his 1908 typewriter, on which he was written every book and article credited to him, tells the story of a great English institution, a man perfectly comfortable with his beliefs. Some readers may decide to take offence over his use of old fashioned racial terms, as I did at first- but then I decided to grow up. I look forward to his fiftieth year presenting sky at night, for which incidentally he has never had a contract, just a gentleman's agreement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 25 Oct. 2009
Patrick Moore is perhaps the last great amateur Scientist (although I hope that there are still others out there). He contribution to the mapping of the Moon was significant and appreciated by the Russians in their lunar missions. He is also something of an accretion point of the wonderful British tradition of eccentricity. Reading through the book is not only fascinating but also evokes wonderful nostalgia for the period. The BBC with good in-depth Science programs; excellent traditional A-Levels; cricket; tea and scones; lovely summer evenings; rationality and science to the fore. I digress somewhat but this is how I felt when reading.

Patrick Moore is a fascinating and warm person and I recommend this autobiography to anyone who wishes to understand more about this British institution.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More about Moore 13 Jan. 2006
A wonderful read and a great insight into the world’s best loved astronomer. Simply, the most funny, sometimes sad, serious and entertaining book that I have read in a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A one off 20 Jan. 2013
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'The Sky at Night' is a programme which has fascinated me for years. It was so sad to hear in December that the many thousands who, like me, delighted in the programme, would never again see Sir Patrick Moore in his element. Since his death, many tributes have been made by those who knew him intimately. It is clear that he touched the hearts of so many, and in particular the multitudes of young people who were inspired by him to develop a love for all things astronomy. Though I did not know him, I too found him to be a truly remarkable man - a rare gem of a human being.

So rather belately, I have been prompted to read his 'autobiography', written 10 years ago when he was in his eighties. What an enjoyable read - full of energy and enthusiasm and fascinating material. What impressed me most were the chapters on astronomy, which clearly conveyed his enormous enthusiasm for the subject, and conveyed it in a way which communicated so effectively with the reader. I also very much enjoyed his accounts of the other loves of his life, principally - his mother - his friends - his young prodigies - his cats - cricket and music.

However he has clearly not told us the whole story. Though he states that it would have been of no interest to the reader, I would have loved to have heard more of his childhood and his wartime experiences. So often, those early experiences give strong clues as to what makes a person tick. Of course, Patrick was perfectly within his rights to with-hold that information - so I suppose we will have to await a biography to learn more.

What I found less impressive were the chapters which related to his pet aversions, which appear to be - foreigners, women and a great swathe of people whom he disparagingly labels 'politically correct'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super star.
A remarkable life of a remarkable man, well worth the read.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. K. Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought for my partner but can't wait to read it myself
Published 5 months ago by Angelina Zooma Zooma
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful British eccentric. A very rare and inspiring role model
Must confess I'm not really qualified to write a review of the whole book having only read the first few pages so far. But what magnificent, hilarious pages! Read more
Published 5 months ago by bookmaggot
5.0 out of 5 stars by none other than the great man himself
a well written book,by none other than the great man himself.having been a admirer of Patrick Moore for some years and him now sadly having passed away i was bought this by my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by landieman
3.0 out of 5 stars Still a good read.
Interesting but a bit blase'. Still a good read.
Published 7 months ago by Bernard Vassallo Bernard Vassallo (MAlta)
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star
What a man! Really interesting read about a truly unique character.
Published 8 months ago by Star Wars Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
A lovable man on TV, not as much when you read his prose.
Published 10 months ago by paj
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very enjoyable book, full of humour and information. What a fascinating man he was, and he's sadly missed. A absorbing read
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Sa Oram
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It's sad to see Patrick has left us now but if you want to 'meet' him give this a read. A true English gent.
Published 16 months ago by AndyMar
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Moore's autobiography
I loved it! This amazing man had such a wonderful way with words, and many times I found myself laughing till I cried at his wit and dry humour. It's a fascinating read.
Published 17 months ago by kathy mcc
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