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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "SUN MOON EARTH"
A charming natural history of eclipses and a guide to witnessing the awe-inspiring event yourself.
"Kirkus Reviews"
Tyler Nordgren s "Sun Moon Earth" shows the excitement of observing a total solar eclipse better than any other source I have seen. In addition to enveloping readers in his very readable descriptions, he explains a wide range of fascinating science in a way accessible to all. I highly recommend this book to all 300 million Americans who will be under the moon s shadow on August 21, 2017and hope that it can make tens of millions of them join the original ten million in the path of totality.
Jay Pasachoff, Williams College, Chair of the International Astronomical Union s Working Group on Eclipses

"Sun, Moon, Earth "is about a lot more than an eclipseas awesome as this eclipse promises to be. At its heart, this is a book about our relationship with the sky, which is of course about our relationship with being alive right now on this breathtaking planet and having the chance, night after night, to witness a world full of wonders. Packed with science, story, and Nordgren s evocative artwork and graphs, this book enlightens and informs, all the while building excitement for an event thatonce you ve read this bookyou will be determined not to miss.
Paul Bogard, author of "The End of Night"
"

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "SUN MOON EARTH"
Nordgrenlyrically relates the long, fascinating history of the human relationship with eclipsesHe sprinkles his history and scientific explanations with delightful comments and personal anecdotes that highlight his joy in his work.
"Publishers Weekly"
Astronomer Nordgren illustrates how this apparently unnatural phenomenon was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. Traveling through history, he shows how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events.
"Publishers Weekly," Fall Announcements
A charming natural history of eclipses and a guide to witnessing the awe-inspiring event yourself.
"Kirkus Reviews"
Tyler Nordgren s "Sun Moon Earth" shows the excitement of observing a total solar eclipse better than any other source I have seen. In addition to enveloping readers in his very readable descriptions, he explains a wide range of fascinating science in a way accessible to all. I highly recommend this book to all 300 million Americans who will be under the moon s shadow on August 21, 2017and hope that it can make tens of millions of them join the original ten million in the path of totality.
Jay Pasachoff, Williams College, Chair of the International Astronomical Union s Working Group on Eclipses

"Sun, Moon, Earth "is about a lot more than an eclipseas awesome as this eclipse promises to be. At its heart, this is a book about our relationship with the sky, which is of course about our relationship with being alive right now on this breathtaking planet and having the chance, night after night, to witness a world full of wonders. Packed with science, story, and Nordgren s evocative artwork and graphs, this book enlightens and informs, all the while building excitement for an event thatonce you ve read this bookyou will be determined not to miss.
Paul Bogard, author of "The End of Night"
"

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "SUN MOON EARTH"
A breezy yet substantive appreciation of a rare and beautiful celestial phenomenon, ideal for astronomy nuts and fans of popular science.
"Library Journal"
Nordgrenlyrically relates the long, fascinating history of the human relationship with eclipsesHe sprinkles his history and scientific explanations with delightful comments and personal anecdotes that highlight his joy in his work.
"Publishers Weekly"
Astronomer Nordgren illustrates how this apparently unnatural phenomenon was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. Traveling through history, he shows how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events.
"Publishers Weekly," Fall Announcements
A charming natural history of eclipses and a guide to witnessing the awe-inspiring event yourself.
"Kirkus Reviews"
Tyler Nordgren s "Sun Moon Earth" shows the excitement of observing a total solar eclipse better than any other source I have seen. In addition to enveloping readers in his very readable descriptions, he explains a wide range of fascinating science in a way accessible to all. I highly recommend this book to all 300 million Americans who will be under the moon s shadow on August 21, 2017and hope that it can make tens of millions of them join the original ten million in the path of totality.
Jay Pasachoff, Williams College, Chair of the International Astronomical Union s Working Group on Eclipses
"Sun, Moon, Earth "is about a lot more than an eclipseas awesome as this eclipse promises to be. At its heart, this is a book about our relationship with the sky, which is of course about our relationship with being alive right now on this breathtaking planet and having the chance, night after night, to witness a world full of wonders. Packed with science, story, and Nordgren s evocative artwork and graphs, this book enlightens and informs, all the while building excitement for an event thatonce you ve read this bookyou will be determined not to miss.
Paul Bogard, author of "The End of Night"
"

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR SUN MOON EARTH
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 eclipseit is a philosophical, historical, and speculative meditation on the roots of scientific thinking and the development of astronomical theory and practice
Wall Street Journal
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
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
Nordgren s appealing work covers the history of man s varied reactions to both solar and lunar eclipses, from the Mayan mention of these phenomena in codices to the current clique of coronaphiles who chase eclipses around the world[An] enthusiastic and informative guide.
Booklist
A breezy yet substantive appreciation of a rare and beautiful celestial phenomenon, ideal for astronomy nuts and fans of popular science.
Library Journal
Nordgrenlyrically relates the long, fascinating history of the human relationship with eclipsesHe sprinkles his history and scientific explanations with delightful comments and personal anecdotes that highlight his joy in his work.
Publishers Weekly
Astronomer Nordgren illustrates how this apparently unnatural phenomenon was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. Traveling through history, he shows how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events.
Publishers Weekly, Fall Announcements
A charming natural history of eclipses and a guide to witnessing the awe-inspiring event yourself.
Kirkus Reviews
Tyler Nordgren s Sun Moon Earth shows the excitement of observing a total solar eclipse better than any other source I have seen. In addition to enveloping readers in his very readable descriptions, he explains a wide range of fascinating science in a way accessible to all. I highly recommend this book to all 300 million Americans who will be under the moon s shadow on August 21, 2017and hope that it can make tens of millions of them join the original ten million in the path of totality.
Jay Pasachoff, Williams College, Chair of the International Astronomical Union s Working Group on Eclipses
Sun, Moon, Earth is about a lot more than an eclipseas awesome as this eclipse promises to be. At its heart, this is a book about our relationship with the sky, which is of course about our relationship with being alive right now on this breathtaking planet and having the chance, night after night, to witness a world full of wonders. Packed with science, story, and Nordgren s evocative artwork and graphs, this book enlightens and informs, all the while building excitement for an event thatonce you ve read this bookyou will be determined not to miss.
Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night
"

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
Tyler Nordgren's Sun Moon Earth shows the excitement of observing a total solar eclipse better than any other source I have seen. In addition to enveloping readers in his very readable descriptions, he explains a wide range of fascinating science in a way accessible to all. I highly recommend this book to all 300 million Americans who will be under the moon's shadow on August 21, 2017and hope that it can make tens of millions of them join the original ten million in the path of totality.
Jay Pasachoff, Williams College, Chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Eclipses"

Nordgren's appealing work covers the history of man's varied reactions to both solar and lunar eclipses, from the Mayan mention of these phenomena in codices to the current clique of coronaphiles who chase eclipses around the world.... [An] enthusiastic and informative guide.
Booklist
A breezy yet substantive appreciation of a rare and beautiful celestial phenomenon, ideal for astronomy nuts and fans of popular science.
Library Journal
Nordgrenlyrically relates the long, fascinating history of the human relationship with eclipses.... He sprinkles his history and scientific explanations with delightful comments and personal anecdotes that highlight his joy in his work.
Publishers Weekly
Astronomer Nordgren illustrates how this apparently unnatural phenomenon was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. Traveling through history, he shows how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events.
Publishers Weekly, Fall Announcements
A charming natural history of eclipses and a guide to witnessing the awe-inspiring event yourself.
Kirkus Reviews"

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 eclipsesand 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"

"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

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
"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

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
"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

"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

"This history of solar eclipses is fascinating-taking us through history, discussing how solar eclipses were key to judging size and distance of astronomical objects, as well as the discovery of new planets-but it's also gorgeously written. I highly, highly recommend it."-Give Me Space
"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

"Nordgren's appealing work covers the history of man's varied reactions to both solar and lunar eclipses, from the Mayan mention of these phenomena in codices to the current clique of 'coronaphiles' who chase eclipses around the world...[An] enthusiastic and informative guide."-Booklist
"A breezy yet substantive appreciation of a rare and beautiful celestial phenomenon, ideal for astronomy nuts and fans of popular science."-Library Journal
"Nordgren...lyrically relates the long, fascinating history of the human relationship with eclipses...He sprinkles his history and scientific explanations with delightful comments and personal anecdotes that highlight his joy in his work."-Publishers Weekly

"Astronomer Nordgren illustrates how this apparently unnatural phenomenon was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. Traveling through history, he shows how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events."-Publishers Weekly, Fall Announcements
"A charming natural history of eclipses and a guide to witnessing the awe-inspiring event yourself." -Kirkus Reviews

"Part astronomy lesson, part travelogue, and part deeply personal storytelling, Tyler Nordgren's Sun Moon Earth is an entirely enjoyable, educational, and enlightening account of one of nature's most rare and dramatic astronomical phenomena. If you've never seen a total solar eclipse, or even if you've seen dozens, this book will convince you that the next one you see won't be your last!" -Jim Bell, Astronomer, Planetary Scientist, President of The Planetary Society, and author of Postcards from Mars, The Space Book, and The Interstellar Age
"Astronomer and eclipse-chaser Tyler Nordgren effortlessly packs a great deal of science in this delightful book, all surprisingly connected to eclipses-from Einstein's General Relativity to worlds around other stars. Perhaps even more importantly, he manages to convey his infectious obsession for this most awe-inspiring of natural phenomena. If you haven't experienced a total solar eclipse before, reading this book will make sure you'll want to."-Dr. Roberto Trotta, Astrophysicist at Imperial College London and author of The Edge of the Sky

"Tyler Nordgren's Sun Moon Earth shows the excitement of observing a total solar eclipse better than any other source I have seen. In addition to enveloping readers in his very readable descriptions, he explains a wide range of fascinating science in a way accessible to all. I highly recommend this book to all 300 million Americans who will be under the moon's shadow on August 21, 2017-and hope that it can make tens of millions of them join the original ten million in the path of totality." -Jay Pasachoff, Williams College, Chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Eclipses
"Sun, Moon, Earth is about a lot more than an eclipse-as awesome as this eclipse promises to be. At its heart, this is a book about our relationship with the sky, which is of course about our relationship with being alive right now on this breathtaking planet and having the chance, night after night, to witness a world full of wonders. Packed with science, story, and Nordgren's evocative artwork and graphs, this book enlightens and informs, all the while building excitement for an event that-once you've read this book-you will be determined not to miss."-Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eclipse journey in good company. 2 Oct. 2016
By R. L. A. - Published on Amazon.com
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Sun Moon Earth is both intelligent discourse and a work of art. Not entirely perfect, some points I disagree, but nevertheless an excellent and timely book. The author portrays science and eclipse history with the concise velocity of a docent on familiar ground. I find that refreshing. I like it even more that the narrative has a quality of character that reminds me of John Steinbeck or Farley Mowat. The first virtue let me read Tyler Nordgren's eclipse book rapidly. The second one makes it worth reading again. This book is vade mecum for the total solar eclipse journey!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is an eloquent and intelligent examination of the scientific method and the march of ... 8 Sept. 2016
By David B. - Published on Amazon.com
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What a marvelous book! SUN MOON EARTH explores how eclipses have influenced mythology, religion, and science from prehistory to modern times. As an eclipse chaser myself, I appreciate the way Tyler Nordgren vividly conveys the thrill of totality. Far more than a book about astronomy, this is an eloquent and intelligent examination of the scientific method and the march of human knowledge, as told through the story of eclipses. “Astronomy is made possible, in part,” Nordgren writes, “by the shadows that span the stars.” Beautiful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and learned a great deal of new information 22 Oct. 2016
By Jared McQueen - Published on Amazon.com
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Informative, well written book. Was my 3rd solar eclipse book, and learned a great deal of new information. Tyler Nordgren is an awesome writer and scientist. Looking forward to reading more of his work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I very much enjoyed Tyler Nordgren's book on the history of eclipses 23 Nov. 2016
By W. S. Kardel - Published on Amazon.com
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I very much enjoyed Tyler Nordgren's book on the history of eclipses. It is a wonderful and very complete look at not only the hows & whys of eclipses, but also the roles they have played across cultures, in scientific research and much more. It is a useful book not only for someone like me who teaches astronomy, but also for anyone who just wants to learn about eclipses and how to see them. This especially important as there will be a total solar eclipse cutting across the U.S. in August 2017.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you need to read before Aug 21 2017 22 Dec. 2016
By Charles M. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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A readable account of eclipses in history and especially the role they have played in forming our basic concepts of science and the universe. Very timely and written at a level accessible to inquisitive people who have not gone beyond high school science classes. Fun to read!
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