- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (2 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300223196
- ISBN-13: 978-0300223194
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 703 g
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In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses Hardcover – 15 Jun 2017
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In the Shadow of the Moon is an impressive introduction to the social, cultural, and historical standing of the astronomy of solar eclipses by a uniquely qualified author.
Simon Mitton, author of Fred Hoyle: A Life in Science
In the Shadow of the Moon tells of the epic influence that total solar eclipses have had on our cultural history, our scientific legacy, and our emotional states of mind. And Professor Anthony Aveni may be uniquely qualified to tell this story with his characteristic sense of wonder, wit, and wisdom.Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Astrophysics for People in Hurry
Aveni gives general readers an authoritative overview of cultural astronomy with a narrative that draws on useful examples and broad-based research. He is uniquely qualified to write an important book on this fascinating subject.
Brian Fagan, author of The Intimate Bond
Everything you need to enjoy a solar eclipse - and even predict one, just like the Babylonians did! Aveni's entertaining explorations show the very different impacts eclipses have had on past and present cultures.
David DeVorkin, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
"For the ancients, eclipses were trouble, the last thing they wanted to see, but now Anthony Aveni's new book explains why you don't want to miss the next one. In the Shadow of the Moon transports us into the history, lore, and impact of the sky's greatest spectacle and sheds light on the darkness of total eclipse."
Dr. E.C. Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory
About the Author
Anthony Aveni has appointments in the departments of Physics & Astronomy and Sociology & Anthropology at Colgate University. An award-winning author, he has written numerous books, including Empires of Time,Behind the Crystal Ball, and The End of Time.
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Fascinating Eclipse History
30 June 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Shadow of the Moon is about not only eclipses, but also the people who study them. The author eloquently shares his own eclipse viewing experiences and presents others who’ve captured the spectacle in words. We learn about predicting eclipses through the centuries, from Stonehenge to Babylon, the ancient Greeks, Chinese and Maya, with detailed accounts of eclipse expeditions in the U.S. and abroad in more recent times. Full of insight and wit, Anthony Aveni’s eclipse book is part science history, part human interest, and captures the challenges of navigating capricious weather as well as the joys of encountering this rare natural phenomenon.
Great for the eclipse season
28 September 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Not as interesting to read as I hoped, but I still find myself quoting it.
Fred M Selensky
24 July 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Very interesting info on eclipses.
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