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    DescriptionWith her bestsellers "Longitude" and "Galileo's Daughter," Dava Sobel introduced readers to her rare gift for weaving complex scientific concepts into a compelling narrative. Now Sobel brings her full talents to bear on what is perhaps her most ambitious topic to date-the planets of our solar system. Sobel explores the origins and oddities of the planets through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. Written in her characteristically graceful prose, "The Planets" is a stunningly original celebration of our solar system and offers a distinctive view of our place in the universe. * A "New York Times" extended bestseller * A Featured Alternate of the Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club, Scientific American Book Club, and Natural Science Book Club * Includes 11 full-color illustrations by artist Lynette R. Cook BACKCOVER: "["The Planets"] lets us fall in love with the heavens all over again." -"The New York Times Book Review" "Playful . . . lyrical . . . a guided tour so imaginative that we forget we're being educated as we're being entertained." -"Newsweek" " [Sobel] has outdone her extraordinary talent for keeping readers enthralled. . . . "Longitude" and "Galileo's Daughter" were exciting enough, but "The Planets" has a charm of its own . . . . A splendid and enticing book." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "A sublime journey. [Sobel's] writing . . . is as bright as the sun and its thinking as star-studded as the cosmos." -"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "An incantatory serenade to the Solar System. Grade A-" -"Entertainment Weekly" "Like Sobel's ["Longitude" and "Galileo's Daughter"] . . . ["The Planets"] combines masterful storytelling with clear, engaging explanations of the essential scientific facts." -"Physics World"


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    Title
    The Planets
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dava Sobel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 276
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780142001165
    ISBN 10: 0142001163
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PG
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC22: 523.2
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16480
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    DC22: 523.4
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 523.4
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000
    B&T Approval Code: A52700000, A52702530
    LC classification: QB601 .S63 2006
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    The Penguin Press
    Publication date
    07 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Dava Sobel is an award-winning former science writer for The New York Times. The author of the bestselling Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Sobel's work has also appeared in Audubon, Discover, Life, and The New Yorker.
    Review quote
    "Playful . . . lyrical . . . a guided tour so imaginative that we forget we're being educated as we're being entertained." --"Newsweek" "[Sobel] has outdone her extraordinary talent for keeping readers enthralled. . . . "Longitude" and "Galileo's Daughter" were exciting enough, but "The Planets" has a charm of its own . . . . A splendid and enticing book." --San Francisco Chronicle "A sublime journey. [Sobel's] writing . . . is as bright as the sun and its thinking as star-studded as the cosmos." --"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "An incantatory serenade to the Solar System. Grade A-" --"Entertainment Weekly" "Like Sobel's ["Longitude" and "Galileo's Daughter"] . . . ["The Planets"] combines masterful storytelling with clear, engaging explanations of the essential scientific facts." --"Physics World"