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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Paperback edition (Aug. 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554075378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554075379
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.9 x 29.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 2008-01-26)

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 2007-12-01)

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 2008-01-00)

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 2008-04-01)

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 2008-07-00) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty on Aug. 9 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful table top book. It is large and has the most amazing pictures that accompany personal antidotes of the author along with historical detail.
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I enjoyed it very much.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining and Excellent Light Reading for All Age Groups July 3 2008
By M. J. Grage - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is large enough at 10" x 12" to be considered a `coffee table' book. The book features a nice mix of scientific explanation, biographical information, and excellent pictures.

The history starts with ancient astronomical structures and Polynesian navigators and continues in a progressive timeline to the 1976 Mars Viking landers and current SETI antennas. The latest Mars rovers and Phoenix lander are not covered.

I highly recommend the book for light bedtime reading. As the book isn't too technical, it is suitable for younger readers. At the same time, it provides intriguing enough information to encourage me to search the web for additional details regarding some of the astronomers and topics that are presented.
Great book, definitely worth it! Oct. 14 2014
By Sammy - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. It has great illustrations and covers a lot of bases. I think every student high school student should have to read this.
Astronomy June 9 2014
By John M. Wasilnak - Published on
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A very good read concerning the history and background of Astronomy, a very interesting read for those interested in the stars.
Awesome book! March 3 2013
By C. M. Halsey - Published on
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The full history in this book has me geeking out every time I read it. So well written, and fun to read!
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Good Textbook, Great Coffee Table Book Oct. 15 2013
By Kyle Sanders - Published on
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This tome is filled to the brim with interesting stuff about the history of astronomy, and jam-packed with full-color photos. This is the only textbook I have ever kept for leisure reading. The page-spanning photos make it a great product, especially at such a low price.