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Total Eclipses: Science, Observations, Myths and Legends (Springer Praxis Books) Paperback – 16 Jul 1999

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1999 edition (16 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852331607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852331603
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,271,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gives a wide variety of information on observing eclipses for the novice as well as on the value of eclipses to professionals ... any reader can find information at an interesting and appropriate level and can be sure that he is being guided knowledgeably."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "stevebaggley" on 3 April 2002
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This is one of the best books I have found on Eclipses so far. The level of detail is very high - it includes a chapter on the physical,chemical and nuclear properties of the Sun itself. Also included are things such as an Eclipse-predictor program written in a generic style of computer BASIC.
This book takes a slightly more scientific approach than some of the other books on Eclipses, which may or may not be what you are looking for. This detailed approach will certainly be thorough enough for most people, but there are similar titles which can be slightly more entertaining to read; one of the best alternatives is 'Totality: Eclipses of the Sun' by Littman, Willcox & Espenak.
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Although an interesting read this book concentrates more on the physics of the sun (esp. the corona ;which is undoubtedly the authors' area of interest/expertise) rather than the mechanics and calculation of eclipses as I had hoped.I've read Duncan Steels' Eclipses and The RGO Guide to the Eclipse of 1999 which give a good overview of the phenomenon but left me not quite able to mentaly visualise why there isn't an eclipse every time the Moon is at the node.I expected detailed calculations and diagrams from this book enabling me to fully understand what conditions are required for an eclipse to occur enabling me to perhaps make my own predictions. However this book has left me as much in the dark(!) as before ,there isn't even a list of future eclipses beyond 2010...
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This book has an unbelieveable amount of information about how the west was won. Some of the information is sad, some is amazing. The maps are so interesting. I learned so much and so did my 11 year old daughter.
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