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Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets Hardcover – 13 Sep 2016


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (13 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465060927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465060924
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of Amazon's Best Science Books of 2016

"Tyler Nordgren's Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets is a charming and informative primer on the subject.... As the title suggests, the book is more than a generic guide to next year's eclipse...it is a philosophical, historical, and speculative meditation on the roots of scientific thinking and the development of astronomical theory and practice."--Wall Street Journal

"[A] sprightly, informative new guide to solar eclipses..."
--TIME

"Few books have been as valuable to eclipse chasers as this one. In Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets, astronomer Tyler Nordgren delivers a comprehensive history of the science and cultural fascination with these almost magical events... It is a niftily written narrative that will entertain, inform, and get your juices flowing for next year's big event."--Astronomy.com

"When the moon clips our view of the sun or our own shadow blots out our satellite, we experience it with the benefit of millennia of knowledge. We know years in advance when an eclipse will happen, where on the planet it will be visible and, perhaps most importantly, that the world will not end because of it. Our ancestors were not so well-prepared. Astronomer and physicist Nordgren charts the path our species has taken from terror to scientific understanding, and he's done it with and clarity."--Discover

"Tyler Nordgren's book takes you on a journey of discovery by telling the tales of astronomers who sailed the world to witness and measure eclipses--and the fierce arguments that shaped scientific theory. Nordgren, an astronomer himself, carefully explains some of the most awesome astronomical discoveries with a clarity that anyone can understand. It covers everything from Christopher Columbus to modern-day methods of measuring transit stars. With a huge solar eclipse set to cover the U.S. in 2017, now would be a good time to bone up on your space knowledge."--Popular Mechanics

"On 21 August 2017, the United States will experience its first total solar eclipse in 40 years. Astronomer Tyler Nordgren's primer maps essentials for that event, contextualized by a fascinating history that sweeps us from Anaxagoras' explanation of eclipses in the fifth century BC to Arthur Eddington's test of Einstein's theory of general relativity during the May 1919 total eclipse. Nordgren is a wonderful guide to both the science and the sensory thrills."--Nature

"Nordgren, an astronomer at the University of Redlands in California, has spent a lifetime explaining solar-system geometry to people who rarely contemplate their place in the universe. His experience with clarity makes this the best general-interest entry point."--Dallas Morning News

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An astronomer traces the natural history of solar eclipses from supernatural to scientific phenomenon, showing us a more wonderful way to look up at the sky

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 41 reviews
Penny
5.0 out of 5 starsA terrific book on Solar Eclipses. It informed and enhanced our family's experience.
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5.0 out of 5 starsAn eclipse journey in good company.
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5.0 out of 5 starsthis is an eloquent and intelligent examination of the scientific method and the march of ...
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3.0 out of 5 starsNot Much History
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Jared McQueen
5.0 out of 5 starsand learned a great deal of new information
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