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The Story of Astronomy: How the universe revealed its secrets by [Couper, Heather, Henbest, Nigel]
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A fascinating and highly informative narrative into the history and science of our Universe. Features extraordinary true stories about the history of astronomy told through expert, up-to-date and informative text. The award-winning authors are the UK's leading experts on space exploration and are well-known for their extensive television and radio specials. Astronomy has become enormously popular with Brian Cox's Wonders series on the BBC. OPG's Philip's Planisphere has sold nearly 30,000 copies in the past 5 months, a testament to astronomy's vast appeal.

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After studying Astrophysics at Oxford University, Heather Couper ran the Greenwich Planetarium, and later became President of the British Astronomical Association and Gresham Professor of Astronomy. She wrote and presented BBC Radio 4's epic 30-part series Cosmic Quest, a groundbreaking overview of the history of astronomy. Nigel Henbest researched radio astronomy at Cambridge, where he studied supernovae, radio galaxies and quasars. Together, Heather and Nigel set up Pioneer Productions, now one of the leading factual TV companies in the UK. Arthur C. Clarke was one of the world's most famous and prolific science fiction writers. also renowned worldwide for more than 70 other works, and the CBS coverage of Apollo 12 and 15, as well as Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3992 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (5 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006W2V0O0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With the popularity of amateur astronomy I am quite surised to be the first reviewer of this book. It is the book I have been looking for for years .The authors recount tales of astronomy from the ancients to modern day . It is well written and has a part travelogue feel to it . The scene moves from the Australian bush to Florence,Prague etc . I have always been a fan of Heather Cooper and enjoy Nigel Henbest too. Heather is in the Carl Sagan mould in my opinion and she seems to have been replaced on TV by the newer dramatic , sweeping camera astronomy shows .This is a shame ( does Sky at Night beckon in the future ?? I would hope so) . I would recommend this book as it is an informative and easy read .
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The Story of Astronomy takes us on a journey of Man's understanding, from the early days, of marking the Sun's position as a calendar and using the night sky as a navigation tool, to present day theories of Black Holes and SETI.
I found the chapters concerning how the thinkers of the times interpreted the motions of the Sun and planets, and formulated various theories to describe how the Universe works, particularly interesting.
I would have liked to have seen more illustrations placed within the text, to make the book flow a little easier, rather than in the two groups of plates which have to be flipped back/forward to.
Overall, a well-written book, comprehensive, and comes recommended.
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As with books by Mary Beard, any book by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest is worth reading.
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bought it for my 9 year old - think that he might find it useful in a couple of years
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EXCELLENT AND INFORMATIVE READING FROM THIS RESPECTED ASTRONOMER AND AUTHOR
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