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After the huge national and international success of `Longitude` and `Gallileo`s Daughter`, Dava Sobel tells the human story of the nine planets of our solar system. This groundbreaking new work traces the `lives` of each member of our solar family, from myth and history, astrology and science fiction, to the latest data from the modern era`s robotic space probes. Whether revealing what hides behind Venus`s cocoon of acid clouds, describing Neptune`s complex beauty, or capturing first-hand the excitement at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory when the first pictures from Cassini at Saturn were recently beamed to earth, Dava Sobel`s unique tour of the solar system is filled with fascination and beauty. In lyrical prose interspersed with poems by Tennyson, Blake and others, `The Planets` gives a breathtaking, intimate view of those heavenly bodies that have captured the imagination since humanity`s first glimpse of the glittering night skies. Timely and timeless, `The Planets` will engage and delight as it unravels the mysteries of the cosmos. It is of infinite relevance to this age in which new planets are being discovered elsewhere in our galaxy. Printed Pages: 304. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 40656
Inhaltsangabe: With her blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel used her rare and luminous gift for weaving difficult scientific concepts into a compelling story to garner rave reviews and attract readers from across the literary spectrum. Now, in The Planets, Sobel brings her full talents to bear on what is perhaps her most ambitious subject to date—the planets of our solar system.
The sun’s family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets’ origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. A perfect gift and a captivating journey, The Planets is a gorgeously illustrated study of our place in the universe that will mesmerize everyone who has ever gazed with awe at our night sky.
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From the Back Cover:
"[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 we’re being educated as we’re being entertained."
" [Sobel] has outdone her extraordinary talent for keeping readers enthralled. . . . Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter were exciting enough, but The Planets has a charm of its own . . . . A splendid and enticing book."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"A sublime journey. [Sobel’s] 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-"
"Like Sobel’s [Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter] . . . [The Planets] combines masterful storytelling with clear, engaging explanations of the essential scientific facts."
Titel: The Planets
Verlag: HarperCollins Publishers India
Buchbeschreibung Harpercollins, 2006. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. kleine Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 208533 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 250. Artikel-Nr. 325887