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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2012
With the popularity of amateur astronomy I am quite surised to be the first reviewer of this book. It is the book I have been looking for for years .The authors recount tales of astronomy from the ancients to modern day . It is well written and has a part travelogue feel to it . The scene moves from the Australian bush to Florence,Prague etc . I have always been a fan of Heather Cooper and enjoy Nigel Henbest too. Heather is in the Carl Sagan mould in my opinion and she seems to have been replaced on TV by the newer dramatic , sweeping camera astronomy shows .This is a shame ( does Sky at Night beckon in the future ?? I would hope so) . I would recommend this book as it is an informative and easy read .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2012
The Story of Astronomy takes us on a journey of Man's understanding, from the early days, of marking the Sun's position as a calendar and using the night sky as a navigation tool, to present day theories of Black Holes and SETI.
I found the chapters concerning how the thinkers of the times interpreted the motions of the Sun and planets, and formulated various theories to describe how the Universe works, particularly interesting.
I would have liked to have seen more illustrations placed within the text, to make the book flow a little easier, rather than in the two groups of plates which have to be flipped back/forward to.
Overall, a well-written book, comprehensive, and comes recommended.
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on 11 July 2015
As with books by Mary Beard, any book by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest is worth reading.
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on 23 April 2015
bought it for my 9 year old - think that he might find it useful in a couple of years
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on 19 March 2015
EXCELLENT AND INFORMATIVE READING FROM THIS RESPECTED ASTRONOMER AND AUTHOR
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on 21 November 2014
a well presented and easy to understand history of astronomy.
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on 25 May 2015
very good read
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Interesting
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2013
Excellent book. Good price and in very good condition. Very good delivery and the packing kept the item in good condition.
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