The Planets

The Planets


By (author) Dava Sobel

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Hardback | 270 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 208mm x 23mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 27 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0670034460
  • ISBN 13: 9780670034468
  • Sales rank: 365,069

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With her blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel used her rare and luminous gift for weaving difficult scientific concepts into a compelling story to garner rave reviews and attract readers from across the literary spectrum. Now, in The Planets, Sobel brings her full talents to bear on what is perhaps her most ambitious subject to date--the planets of our solar system.The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. A perfect gift and a captivating journey, The Planets is a gorgeously illustrated study of our place in the universe that will mesmerize everyone who has ever gazed with awe at our night sky.Watch a Windows Media trailer for this book.Watch a Quicktime trailer for this book.

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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.

Table of contents

The PlanetsModel Worlds (Overview) Genesis (The Sun) Mythology (Mercury) Beauty (Venus) Geography (Earth) Lunacy (The Moon) Sci-Fi (Mars) Astrology (Jupiter) Music of the Spheres (Saturn) Night Air (Uranus and Neptune) UFO (Pluto) Planeteers (Coda) Acknowledgments Glossary Details Bibliography Index