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putting the people into science,
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This review is from: New Stars For Old: Stories from the History of Astronomy (Kindle Edition)
Definitely get this!
I downloaded the sample chapter last night and meant to take a quick look, but then just read the entire thing.
Marc Read does a great job of bringing his astronomer to life while adding in bits and pieces of the science involved. The first line of the introduction is "Science is done by people" and that is just what Read portrays so well. And the science is explained well enough that the lay person can understand it easily without much extra thought.
I especially love the 'Notes' section (which follows each chapter) -- Read gives us a summary of what in the fictional chapter is real and a bit of historical background. I like to know what in my historical fiction is real and what is fiction! It also helps to set the context of the fictional scene and adds a lot to the fun of the tale.
I'm really looking forward to reading the final version of the whole book!
If you're a fan of astronomy or science generally and would love a peek at what the lives of famous astronomers like Aristotle might have been like, definitely get this book! You'll learn a bit more about the science of astronomy completely painlessly as well. :-)