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 .
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.