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Mask of the Sun the Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses Hardcover – 7 Mar 2017

ISBN-13: 978-1681773308 ISBN-10: 1681773309 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: *Norton agency titles; 1 edition (7 March 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1681773309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1681773308
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
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This book provides an excellent overview of how eclipses work and how people have interpreted them through time. Dvorak explains complex scientific ideas succinctly and clearly without resorting to formula or jargon. Furthermore, he does an excellent job of conveying the wonder of eclipses, describing both their historical-cultural value and the inspirational effect they have on people. A splendid introduction to all aspects of eclipses; for all readers interested in science.

If a simple alignment of astronomical bodies can move a 21st-century scientist to tears it's perhaps not surprising that eclipses of the sun and moon have haunted the human imagination since our species first looked up at the sky. Mask of the Sun charts the history of this obsession through dozens of stories and anecdotes that illustrate how deeply embedded eclipse lore is in cultures across the world.

About the Author

Originally trained as a lunar scientist, John Dvorak, PhD, spent twenty years operating a large telescope at Mauna Kea for the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. His writing has appeared as cover stories for Scientific American, Astronomy and Physics Today. His books include Earthquake Storms and The Last Volcano, both available from Pegasus Books.

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