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The Story of the Solar System (Classic Reprint) [Paperback]

George F. Chambers
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13 Jun 2012
Story of theS tars told of far distant suns, many of them probably with planets revolving around them, I have in the present volume, which is a companion to the former one, to treat of theS un in particular ourS un as we may call him and the body of attendants which own his sway by revolving round him. The attendants are the planets, commonly so called, together with a certain number of comets. I shall deal with all these objects rather from a descriptive and practical than from a speculative or essay point of view, and with special reference to the convenience and opportunities of persons possessing, or having access to, what may be called popular telescopes telescopes say of from two to four inches of aperture, and costing any sum between 10 and 50. There is much pleasure and profit to be got out of telescopes of this type, always presuming that they are used by persons possessed of patience and perseverance.
(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.

Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (13 Jun 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1440068216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440068218
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Science is not sentimental 20 Aug 2013
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I can't fault the book for its content. Obviously, being written around 100 years ago, new discoveries and all manner of workings of our Solar System have been unveiled, but as a well written introduction to our Solar System, as well as what drives us to learn about it, our lust for discovery, the practice of science, to explain and unravel the mysteries of the Universe at large, this is a great book.

So, given that the book is obviously somewhat outdated, it does not feel out of date. By which I mean the language would not be out of place in the modern day and the approach to reason and scientific analysis from a number of observers studies over the years is highly commendable, perhaps even something that many modern writers may not so strictly adhere to, while admitting as much to what it doesn't know as to what it does.

While this is a very good book with exceptions, the main downside is in the physical product itself. The production is pretty cheap, and while I appreciate that such classic reprints will obviously lose some quality in the process of restoration and reproduction, I can't help but feel Amazon (who print this edition) have extensive funds to make a better product than that on offer. The plasticy cover just looks and feels cheap and tacky, though I found the binding quite sturdy. The print is really quite large, akin to what might be found in a young children's book, and it's printed on some quite shockingly white paper that can feel a little blinding, especially in bright light. (I should say I have no problems with my vision). This isn't to put you off but just make you aware that you shouldn't be expecting the usual tactile comforts, aesthetic pleasure, and even the smell of a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick moores first inspirational book 13 Jan 2013
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God bless you Patrick Moore for opening up this precious subject and making it easier for the average person to undersatnd,you mentioned on the tv how this book inspired you, and now it is inspiring me and many others.
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