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What lies beyond the stars?,
This review is from: The Sky's Dark Labyrinth (Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy) (Hardcover)
This is a most intriguing book - the author has written many non-fiction books on astrophysics and astronomy, and here presents the stories of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei in fiction - but so true to what must have been the reality, that you feel like you're looking in the window on the lives of these men and those around them - those who dared to challenge the Church's authority on the position of the planets, and the centrality of the Earth in the cosmic system. As well as the Church, the holders of the Holy Roman Empire also, so often, were men of very strong ideals and ideologies. The penalty of failing to keep the Church at bay is made very clear in the first few pages of the book, with the ultimate penalty being paid in 1600 by Giordano Bruno, burned for heresy.
What drove men like Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler and Galileo to search for the ultimate answers in the skies? This book goes a long way to making that clear to a reader new to the subject. And it's a fascinating journey. While the science in these stories could be overwhelming, the author writes clearly and precisely; making it plain to the interested reader just how these discoveries so massive to the future of science could first have come about.
Intriguingly, in reading the BBC History magazine which I just got out of the Library (october 2011, Vol 12, no. 10) there is an article on "A History of Science in 10 ½ objects" - objects that have transformed our understanding of the world (and universe) around us over the past 500 years. At number 1 is Tycho Brahe's mural quadrant. At number 2 is Johannes Kepler's model of the universe. Most interesting - really brings it all to reality that you can't ignore.