Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren
Sun Moon Earth – With beautiful illustrations and a detailed map, Sun Moon Earth has everything you need to get ready for the 2017 solar eclipse.
On August 21, 2017, more than ten million Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipses’ cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm Einstein’s theory of relativity.Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun Moon Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike.
Sun Moon Earth – One of Amazon’s Best Science Books of 2016
“Tyler Nordgren’s Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets is a charming and informative primer on the subject….As the title suggests, the book is more than a generic guide to next year’s eclipse…it is a philosophical, historical, and speculative meditation on the roots of scientific thinking and the development of astronomical theory and practice.”
-Wall Street Journal
“On 21 August 2017, the United States will experience its first total solar eclipse in 40 years. Astronomer Tyler Nordgren’s primer maps essentials for that event, contextualized by a fascinating history that sweeps us from Anaxagoras’ explanation of eclipses in the fifth century BC to Arthur Eddington’s test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity during the May 1919 total eclipse. Nordgren is a wonderful guide to both the science and the sensory thrills.”
“[A] sprightly, informative new guide to solar eclipses…”
“Few books have been as valuable to eclipse chasers as this one. In Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets, astronomer Tyler Nordgren delivers a comprehensive history of the science and cultural fascination with these almost magical events… It is a niftily written narrative that will entertain, inform, and get your juices flowing for next year’s big event.”
“When the moon clips our view of the sun or our own shadow blots out our satellite, we experience it with the benefit of millennia of knowledge. We know years in advance when an eclipse will happen, where on the planet it will be visible and, perhaps most importantly, that the world will not end because of it. Our ancestors were not so well-prepared. Astronomer and physicist Nordgren charts the path our species has taken from terror to scientific understanding, and he’s done it with and clarity.”
“This history of solar eclipses is fascinating-taking us through history, discussing how solar eclipses were key to judging size and distance of astronomical objects, as well as the discovery of new planets-but it’s also gorgeously written. I highly, highly recommend it.”
-Give Me Space
“Tyler Nordgren’s book takes you on a journey of discovery by telling the tales of astronomers who sailed the world to witness and measure eclipses-and the fierce arguments that shaped scientific theory. Nordgren, an astronomer himself, carefully explains some of the most awesome astronomical discoveries with a clarity that anyone can understand. It covers everything from Christopher Columbus to modern-day methods of measuring transit stars. With a huge solar eclipse set to cover the U.S. in 2017, now would be a good time to bone up on your space knowledge.”
“Nordgren’s appealing work covers the history of man’s varied reactions to both solar and lunar eclipses, from the Mayan mention of these phenomena in codices to the current clique of ‘coronaphiles’ who chase eclipses around the world…[An] enthusiastic and informative guide.”
“A breezy yet substantive appreciation of a rare and beautiful celestial phenomenon, ideal for astronomy nuts and fans of popular science.”
“Nordgren…lyrically relates the long, fascinating history of the human relationship with eclipses…He sprinkles his history and scientific explanations with delightful comments and personal anecdotes that highlight his joy in his work.”
“Astronomer Nordgren illustrates how this apparently unnatural phenomenon was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. Traveling through history, he shows how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events.”
-Publishers Weekly, Fall Announcements
“A charming natural history of eclipses and a guide to witnessing the awe-inspiring event yourself.”
“Part astronomy lesson, part travelogue, and part deeply personal storytelling, Tyler Nordgren’s Sun Moon Earth is an entirely enjoyable, educational, and enlightening account of one of nature’s most rare and dramatic astronomical phenomena. If you’ve never seen a total solar eclipse, or even if you’ve seen dozens, this book will convince you that the next one you see won’t be your last!”
-Jim Bell, Astronomer, Planetary Scientist, President of The Planetary Society, and author of Postcards from Mars, The Space Book, and The Interstellar Age
“Astronomer and eclipse-chaser Tyler Nordgren effortlessly packs a great deal of science in this delightful book, all surprisingly connected to eclipses-from Einstein’s General Relativity to worlds around other stars. Perhaps even more importantly, he manages to convey his infectious obsession for this most awe-inspiring of natural phenomena. If you haven’t experienced a total solar eclipse before, reading this book will make sure you’ll want to.”
-Dr. Roberto Trotta, Astrophysicist at Imperial College London and author of The Edge of the Sky
“Tyler Nordgren’s Sun Moon Earth shows the excitement of observing a total solar eclipse better than any other source I have seen. In addition to enveloping readers in his very readable descriptions, he explains a wide range of fascinating science in a way accessible to all. I highly recommend this book to all 300 million Americans who will be under the moon’s shadow on August 21, 2017-and hope that it can make tens of millions of them join the original ten million in the path of totality.”
-Jay Pasachoff, Williams College, Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses
“Sun, Moon, Earth is about a lot more than an eclipse-as awesome as this eclipse promises to be. At its heart, this is a book about our relationship with the sky, which is of course about our relationship with being alive right now on this breathtaking planet and having the chance, night after night, to witness a world full of wonders. Packed with science, story, and Nordgren’s evocative artwork and graphs, this book enlightens and informs, all the while building excitement for an event that-once you’ve read this book-you will be determined not to miss.”
-Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night
Tyler Nordgren is an astronomer and Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Redlands. He earned a PhD in astronomy from Cornell University and has worked as an astronomer at both the U.S. Naval Observatory and Lowell Observatory. In 2004, NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity rovers landed on Mars carrying sundials, or “Marsdials,” which he helped design as part of a team of seven other scientists and artists. Since 2007, Nordgren has worked closely with the U.S. National Park Service, traveling the country giving public talks, promoting his books, and helping train rangers to provide astronomy outreach in the parks. He lives in Claremont, California.
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