Planets

ISBN-10: 0142001163

ISBN-13: 9780142001165

Edition: N/A

Authors: Dava Sobel

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With her bestsellers "Longitude" and "Galileos Daughter," Dava Sobel introduced readers to her rare gift for weaving complex scientific concepts into a compelling narrative. Now Sobel brings her full talents to bear on what is perhaps her most ambitious topic to datethe planets of our solar system. Sobel explores the origins and oddities of the planets through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. Written in her characteristically graceful prose, "The Planets" is a stunningly original celebration of our solar system and offers a distinctive view of our place in the universe. * A "New York Times" extended bestseller * A Featured Alternate of the Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club, Scientific American Book Club, and Natural Science Book Club * Includes 11 full-color illustrations by artist Lynette R. Cook BACKCOVER: ["The Planets"] lets us fall in love with the heavens all over again. "The New York Times Book Review" Playful . . . lyrical . . . a guided tour so imaginative that we forget were being educated as were being entertained. "Newsweek" [Sobel] has outdone her extraordinary talent for keeping readers enthralled. . . . "Longitude" and "Galileos Daughter" were exciting enough, but "The Planets" has a charm of its own . . . . A splendid and enticing book. "San Francisco Chronicle" A sublime journey. [Sobels] writing . . . is as bright as the sun and its thinking as star-studded as the cosmos. "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" An incantatory serenade to the Solar System. Grade A- "Entertainment Weekly" Like Sobels ["Longitude" and"Galileos Daughter"] . . . ["The Planets"] combines masterful storytelling with clear, engaging explanations of the essential scientific facts. "Physics World"
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Dava Sobel is an American writer who was born in the Bronx, New York, on June 15, 1947. Her books are generally written about the popular science genre and include these titles: Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (about English clockmaker John Harrison who created the first chronometer); Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love; The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos. Sobel graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002. The asteroid 30935 Davasobel is named after her. Sobel is also a former New York Times science reporter and has contributed articles to Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker. She was a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine, writing about scientific research and the history of science.

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