The Planets (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Planets Sobel brings science and history deftly to life as she explores the origins of the planets and reveals the exotic environments that exist in each of these fascinating alien worlds.
- Published: 07 August 2009
- Format: Paperback 276 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780142001165 ISBN 10: 0142001163
- Sales rank: 165,524
Full description for The Planets
With 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"