15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A nice source of information about the moon,
This review is from: The Book of the Moon (Hardcover)
Forty years have passed since a man set foot on the moon. With a lot of celebration going arround this year people feel even more interested in the moon and want to know everything about it. This book can be an option and I'll try to review it giving as much information as possible to help you decide if this is what you want.
First of all, this is not a photography book, i.e., if you are looking for nice moon pictures this is not the book for you.
As written by another reviewer this book contains a lot of information regarding the moon, its influence on earth, its interpretation by different people, the symbology of the moon in different cultures and lunar eploration. Let us take a look on the index:
Chapter 1 - Facts and Figures - A chapter about the scientific facts regarding the moon: gravity, atmosphere, influence on earth tides, eclipses, its formation, geology and geography.
Chapter 2 - Astronomers - A brief account on the several astronomers which devoted their attention to the moon and on the main principles of telescopes; lunar mapping, etc.
Chapter 3 - Gods and Myths - Description of moon gods and goddesses worshiped in different cultures; the myths section contains several stories (folk stories I think) from different countries and regarding the moon, e.g., from England comes the tale "When the moon was kidnapped".
Chapter 4 - Gardening and the Weather - Moon influence on gardening and weather is discussed. Is it really true? Some methods are described which might improve gardening, for example.
Chapter 5 - Astronauts, Cosmonauts and Lunar Exploration - This is a very interesting chapter as it contains an overview on all the Apollo missions: who were the astronauts (and their photograph), what were the main goals of the mission, the callsigns for the command module and lunar module on each mission (starting on Apollo 9), the time they remained on the moon and some other mission related details. This chapter also deals with the moon race, and several details on the Soviet Union Luna programme to study the characteristics of the moon.
Chapter 6 - Magic - The occult, astrology, alchemy, prophecy, fortune-telling, spells and superstition related to the moon.
Chapter 7 - Medicine, Madness, Werewolves and Science - How the moon was seen by doctors in different periods of history ranging from Hippocrates time to current days including middle-ages and the enlightenment period.
Account of werewolves and some reports on their appearance.
Chapter 8 - Miscellany - Here you'll find a discussion arround moon related subjects. Do you know what is a moonpie? Did you ear about the moon hoax (i.e., people say that man has never set foot on the moon and that it was all staged)?
I think this gives a good idea of what you'll find on this book.
This is an interesting book with a lot of information about the moon and I rate it as four stars.
I do not award five stars only because I think it could have more color photos (most of them are black and white). But this, I guess, also helps keeping the price lower.
And, by the way, the book is not heavy and can be confortably taken everywhere.