Book reviews are listed according to subject, but they are also all gathered together here. Happy browsing.
Astronomy Books as Gifts
What about some astronomy-related books for presents? Iīve made a dozen recommendations, mostly for readers (8-14), but there are some for adults too. Maybe one would suit somebody on your list.
Bang! - The Universe Verse - book review
What would it take to explain the Big Bang Theory? James Lu Dunbarīs "Bang!" might do it - and amuse you and your children at the same time. Itīs a splendid little book which tells the story of the universe in verse and appealing graphics.
Bang! The Complete History of the Universe - book
If you dont understand the Big Bang theory, would you like to? If Stephen Hawking was too scary for you, how about a lovely book that turns mathematical cosmology into plain English? A famous rock musician, a great popular astronomer and a working astrophysicist got together to tell this story.
Books for Young People
Reviews of books aimed at young people or which would be suitable for school-aged pupils.
Carrying the Fire - Book Review
What was it like to be one-third of the Apollo 11 crew? Michael Collins, the man in the command module that didn't land on the Moon, tells a fascinating story of astronaut training and space travel. Originally published in 1974, there was a Fortieth Anniversary edition of Carrying the Fire in 2009.
Cosmic - book review
Cosmic isnīt an astronomy text. Itīs a delightful novel for young people which includes space travel and an cast of great characters, including Liam whoīs too tall for his age. Itīs Willy Wonka meets Apollo 13, as the taikonauts get chosen in an unusual draw and end up stranded in space.
Dark Matter - Poems of Space - book review
What do poets see when they look at the heavens? And astronomers? Are the experiences completely different or different sides of the same sense of wonder? This collection of poems, edited by a poet and an astrophysicist, is a treasure trove. There's something here for everyone.
Empire of the Stars Book Review
A fateful meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society in London adversely affected the lives of two scientists and hindered progress in the study of black holes for a half a century. So says the author of Empire of the Stars. BellaOnlineīs astronomy editor liked the book, but wasnīt convinced.
Exploring Stars and Planets - book review
Looking for an astronomy book for readers 8-14? Philipīs has a brand new edition of Ian Ridpathīs best seller. Clearly written and illustrated with up-to-date images, itīs the story of the Solar System. But there are also glimpses into galaxies, exploding stars and the history of the Universe.
Georgeīs Cosmic Treasure Hunt - book review
George is sad. The family next door are moving away and things will be so dull without them. Or maybe not! Why is the new Martian rover acting so strangely? Has the search for life met an alien threat to Earth? Lucy and Stephen Hawking take George and the reader on a cosmic adventure.
Georgeīs Secret Key to the Universe - book review
In Lucy & Stephen Hawkingīs book, the hero George used to have a quiet life, but now heīs trying to rescue his next door neighbor from a black hole. Hereīs a lively illustrated story, beautiful color images of the universe, and from the man who knows, a great explanation of what a black hole is.
Icarus at the Edge of Time - book review
Icarus flew too close to the Sun with wings of wood and wax. The wax melted and he fell to his death. Brian Greeneīs Icarus of the future flies too close to a black hole and finds that he should have paid more attention to Einstein.
Itīs Alive - book review
Bang Theory in verse and drawings. Now stars and planets have formed, but something new is happening: Life. Book 2 is about evolution by natural selection. In its cheerful verse and lovely color drawings, itīs also a love poem to our beautiful Earth.
Merlin's Tour of the Universe - book review
Does the Earth really wobble on its axis? How does the Sun make its heat? What would happen if I fell into a black hole? If you want to know the answers to these and many other questions, this book is a good collection of the things that people have asked "Merlin."
Our Explosive Sun - book review
The Sun is the star of the Solar System and makes life on Earth possible. But itīs also a danger to our technological civilization. Learn all about our fascinating star in the beautifully illustrated Our Explosive Sun.
Seeing in the Dark - book review
Does amateur equal incompetence? No, says Timothy Ferris in a superb book exploring the role of amateur astronomers in probing the heavens. He reminds us that the root of the word amateur is love, and interweaves the stories of these lovers of astronomy with a grand tour of the universe.
The Bluffer's Guide to the Cosmos - book review
Here is an entertaining overview of astronomy small enough to put in your pocket. Not only the Big Bang, black holes, exploding stars, visiting Mars and all the rest of the cosmos, but plenty of laughs along the way. I enjoyed it - you must know someone who would too.
The Magic Furnace - book review
What is everything made of? What makes the Sun shine? "The Magic Furnace" relates the tale of how science answered these questions. The book tells a good detective story with great characters, and clues include the Big Bang and the biggest explosions in the universe.
The Transit of Venus - Book Review Astronomy Homepage | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Astronomy Site Map
In the north of England in the early 17th century, there was an amazing circle of astronomers. They were well ahead of their time and included the first two people ever to observe a transit of Venus. What ended this brief flowering? Peter Aughton tells the story.
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