Book Review Section

First Magnitude: A Book of the Bright Sky by James Kaler. This enjoyable book is great for learning more about the stars that beckon to us from the dark. Read the full review of First Magnitude.
Alien Volcanoes by Rosaly Lopes and Michael Carroll takes a look at volcanoes on other planets in our Solar System: full review of Alien Volcanoes.
The Thompsons' Astronomy Hacks: Tips & Tools for Observing the Night Sky is full of tips and tricks which should be of great use to all astronomers: from beginners all the way to experienced amateurs. Do read the full review of Astronomy Hacks.
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard explores the beauty and importance of darkness - how we are losing it and where it can still be found. Read the full review of The End of Night.
The conceptually challenging phenomenon of the black hole is tackled in this book about exploring the black hole at the centre of our very own Milky Way. Read the full review of The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy.
Richard Tarnas' Cosmos and Psyche is a challenging read in which Tarnas seeks to demonstrate a connection between planetary alignments and human behaviour. Here is the Cosmos and Psyche review.
Barry Armstead has kindly reviewed Stefan Seip's Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos. A keen astrophotographer himself, Barry was impressed with the book and you can read more of his thoughts here: Digital Astrophotography review.
Brenda reviewed Michael Woolfson's book which attempts to provide an explanation of Solar System formation, immersing herself in a range of theories for how the Solar System came to be as it is today. Read the full review of The Formation of the Solar System here.
Robert and Barbara Thompson's Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders is a useful observing aid, we reckon it is suitable for beginners and experts alike. Full review: Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders.
Marc reviewed this informative comic book guide to the Universe. It explains astronomical and cosmological phenomena through the medium of Manga. Read the full review of The Manga Guide to the Universe here.
Pluto Confidential by Laurence Marschall and Stephen Maran is an insider's account of the decision to reclassify Pluto and demote it from planetary status: full review of Pluto Confidential.
Marc took a look at Postcards from Mars: the first photographer on the red planet by Jim Bell. The book is replete with photography from NASA's recent Mars rover mission. You can read the Postcards from Mars review here.
Brenda read Anton Capri's take on the history of the development of physics. Told via a series of anecdotes, it's a good read for those with an interest in physics, astronomy and cosmology. Read the full review of Quips, Quotes and Quanta.
Lydia reviewed Stargazer by Dr. Fred Watson. She also had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Dr. Watson after reading the book. She gives us her impressions of his book here: Stargazer Review.
Todd Duncan and Craig Taylor's course book on cosmology: Your Cosmic Context introduces modern cosmology to students, leading them along a structured path. It does not shy away from the mathematical aspects of the topics covered. Read the review of Your Cosmic Context.
Zoo in the Sky: a Book of Animal Constellations, by Jacqueline Mitton with illustrations by Christina Balit is a wonderful introduction to the constellations and the night sky for children: full review of Zoo in the Sky.

 

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