3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Every coffee table should have one,
This review is from: History of Astronomy (Hardcover)
I couldn't disagree more with the first three reviewers. In fact, given their excrutiating (sic) spelling, I wonder if they are just one reviewer with a grudge. This is a beautiful book - visually and literally. There are many tomes on this subject, but few are as overarching in their perspective or as engaging in their style. Couper and Henbest capture the wonder that prehistoric people must have held for the heavens, the mythology they wove around that and their sometimes amusing but increasingly accurate attempts to understand the physical nature of the cosmos.
Whilst it is a fine book to browse, the accessible style and engaging personal descriptions draw the reader in and make it hard to put down. In a field where there is plenty of duller, dryer competition, this is the one to buy.