- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: James Clarke and Co Ltd (8 Feb. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718826957
- ISBN-13: 978-0718826956
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.2 x 24 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Star Tales Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 Feb 1989
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Ridpath explains in readable, concise, and reliable terms the origin and meaning of constellations, the 88 star patterns visible in the night sky. He emphasizes throughout that these configurations are a product of the human imagination and, as such, the patterns have changed throughout history. The author shows how Greek and Roman mythology shaped these celestial images into the assemblages of figures we see today. Each constellation is well explained using sufficient detail. Most public libraries will want this wonderful story of star tales. - Robert Paul, Dickinson Coll., Carlisle, Pa. --Library Journal
About the Author
Ian Ridpath is among the leading British writers and broadcasters on astronomy and space. Regular appearances on both BBC TV's Breakfast Time and TV-AM, as well as many children's programmes, have made him a familiar figure. His radio broadcasts include Science Now and Today on Radio 4, Radio 2's John Dunn Show, programmes for the BBC World Service, LBC and BBC Radio London. He has written over 30 books on astronomy and space for both adults and children. He is editor of Popular Astronomy magazine and of Norton's Star Atlas.
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However, Ridpath never claims to be writing about how to find constellations or identify interesting stars. He promises to tell stories, and he does. Exhaustively. With all alternate versions, plus references to the ancient Sumerian myths from which many Greek constellations sprang. He also includes a discussion about the origins of star tales and a list of the more well-known obsolete constellations.
In short, "Star Tales" is a book with a deliberately limited subject matter that it treats intelligently and in great detail. So long as you don't expect anything else from it, you'll be fine. (Some of the stories are awfully fun in their own right, too!)