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Scientists as people,
This review is from: The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began (Hardcover)
Of all the objects in our sky, the sun is undoubtedly the most important. Without it, our little planet would be a lifeless ball of ice. But the sun's importance means that when something is stirring on the sun, things on earth change, from our weather to our ability to communicate over long distances. This book is about how astronomy, which had been interested mostly in the stars, became interested in our closest star.
The author does an excellent job of blending science with the often quirky lives of those who make science, along with the culture out of which science comes. In this case, the culture is that of mid-nineteenth century Britain, a society in which even a self-taught amateur such as Richard Carrington could become a well-respected astronomer.
Given the author's success with this book and at portraying scientists and people rather than icons, I can only hope he next takes up the equally fascinating and controversy-filled development of quantum mechanics in the early twentieth century.
--Michael W. Perry, editor of Eugenics and Other Evils : An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State
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