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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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3 people found this helpful.
Wonderful Collection of Tales
on 20 February 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
Ian gives a wonderful talk about the constellations on YouTube. I recommend it as well as his book. He as obviously been studying the history of constellations for quite some time. As a result, as is the case with all true experts, he strives to delight rather than impress the reader. All in all a wonderful collection of stores carrying with them twinklings of little known facts.
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A must for any amateur astronomer, I promise it will be one of the most satisfying reads in your career
on 25 June 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
I have read this book five times already, it is that amazing! It is a must for any amateur astronomer, as it will be one of the most satisfying reads in your career! The vast amount of information on all the constellations and references to other useful resources have been the most terrific things about this book. Ian's website for Star Tales also has a treasure trove of material that hasn't made it to the book. I couldn't recommend this book more!
It is an eye-opener and beautiful as well
on 20 April 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book about the constellations. It is an eye-opener and beautiful as well. If you ;ove the mystique of the heavens, buy this book.
on 5 December 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
amazon needs to pay closer attention to its products
on 2 September 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
this is a starbook not a novel