In this colorful and exuberant volume, astronomers Couper and Henbest guide the reader through times when astronomy belonged to religion, to philosophy, and, finally, to science.... Contemporary findings on galaxies, pulsars, quasars, and the Big Bang are addressed in a way to excite nonexperts of any age. And what better way to introduce the wonder of the cosmos than Arthur C. Clarke, renowned author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Science News, vol. 173
Full-page photos and illustrations are the norm in this colorfully exuberant volume ... The authors' enthusiasm should excite readers new to the subject. (Gilbert Taylor Booklist
This wonderful, colorful book shows the broad strokes of astronomical history... Fascinating biographies... Spectacular photographs, the authors have created a text that will appeal to any readers from grade school on up. The book begins with one of the best simplified accounts of ancient astronomy I have ever seen... The reader feels part of the story, and eagerly anticipates the next discoveries... Throughout the book the photographs and diagrams are first-rate, and the prose is generous... A magnificent book. This work is highly recommended for all libraries with science collections. (Mark A. Wilson American Reference Books Annual 2008
Couper and Henbest provide an excellent starting point for t hose interested in the subject.... This is a copiously illustrated, straightforwardly written volume that will appeal to readers with and without an astronomy background. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates. (S. C. Hardesty, Georgia State University Choice
Highly readable... Replete with firsthand accounts, insightful comments...and numerous anecdotes.... If you've never been a big fan of astronomy history (all those old guys in wigs and ruffs), try it again with The History of Astronomy. Chances are you'll want to read this book cover to cover. (Jeff Kanipe Sky & Telescope
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About the Author
Heather Couper is an astrophysicist. She ran the Greenwich Planetarium, was president of the British Astronomical Association, is a professor of astronomy and produced the TV programs Universe and Electric Skies.
Nigel Henbest is a consultant to the Royal Greenwich Observatory and New Scientist magazine.
Arthur C. Clarke was the world's most famous science fiction author. He died in 2008.