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A compelling story,
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This review is from: Discoverers of the Universe: William and Caroline Herschel (Hardcover)
Although I was aware of William Herschel I had not fully appreciated the role of his sister, Caroline, until I read Richard Holmes' marvellous account of science and discovery in `The Age of Wonder'. Michael Hoskin's thorough and lively account of the Herschel siblings builds nicely upon the content in Holmes' book (although you don't need to have read this to enjoy Hoskin's account). Michael Hoskins clearly knows his subject and writes with a prose style that is highly readable and which sustains your engagement with the `story' from start to finish. There are some wonderful details that really bring William and Caroline to life. The story of the Herschels is a compelling one and Michael Hoskins has succeeded in writing about the astronomer siblings in an equally compelling manner. Highly recommended; particularly for anyone interested in the evolution of astronomy, or science more generally, or in well written biography.