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'An enchanting book. In prose that is by turns lyrical and wry, and always filled with an infectious sense of wonder, she moves engagingly through our solar system … Sobel's enthusiasm for her subject is absolute and she succeeds in transmitting it to the reader, quite a feat when the subject matter can be so tricky to grasp. Much of the passion feeds directly from the astronomers themselves, their great discoveries and their endless yearning for understanding.' Sunday Telegraph
‘In this enthralling, accessible book, bestselling author Dava Sobel provides a detailed portrait of each heavenly body. Drawing on myth and history, astrology and science fact as well as science fiction, she tells a story that will have you gazing up at the night skies with renewed fascination.’ Daily Mail
'If you like your science lyrical Dava Sobel is the author for you.’ Independent
'It is science that excites Sobel. There's a real gee-whizzery about her treatment of telescopes and space probes and their many astonishing discoveries in recent years. It is hard to imagine a better picture of the dangerous and inhospitable nature of our solar system, where the existence of any form of life, let alone one capable of travelling to other worlds, is nothing less than a miracle. The book is also a timely reminder of the fragility of the little green spacecraft on which we are all passengers.’ John Moorish, Independent on Sunday--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of ‘Longitude’, a prize-winning international bestseller, and ‘Galileo's Daughter’, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. She has co-authored six books, including ‘Is Anyone Out There?’ with astronomer Frank Drake, and ‘The Illustrated Longitude’ with William J. H. Andrewes. Dava Sobel has won a number of awards for her outstanding contribution towards public understanding of science. She lives in East Hampton, New York.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Planets is a whistle-stop tour of the planets of the solar system. Dava Sobel's prose is a pleasure to read. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jeff Van Campen
I didn't finish this, although I read most of it. As it goes on, it felt like there was more and more astrology rather than actual science; and the astrology would usually be... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book contains many details and facts, but unlike others I have read, it is beautifuly written, almost poetic in style, which makes it more thought provoking, but also such a... Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2012 by Bill Crawford
I've read and been delighted by Longitude and Galileo's Daughter so when I came across "The Planets." I was intrigued and wanted to read it. Read morePublished on 9 April 2011 by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
"The Planets" is an enchanting tour through the solar system. On its pages the reader encounters the heavenly bodies through science, mythology and history. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2010 by James Gallen
This book was a little twee for my tastes. The first half was ok as an surface level description of the inner planets, but then it all started getting cute around Saturn and the... Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2009 by Sulkyblue