Glorious Eclipses : Their Past Present and Future
This beautiful large-format volume deals with eclipses of all kinds - lunar, solar and even those elsewhere in the Solar System and beyond. Bringing together in one place all aspects of eclipses, and lavishly illustrated throughout, Glorious Eclipses covers the history of eclipses from ancient times, the celestial mechanics involved, their observation and scientific interest. Personal accounts are given of recent eclipses, up to and including the last total solar eclipse of the twentieth century: the one on August 11th 1999 that passed across Europe, Romania, Turkey and India. This unique book contains the best photographs taken all along its path and is the perfect souvenir for all those who tried or wished to see it. In addition, it contains all you need to know about forthcoming eclipses up to 2060, complete with NASA maps and data, making it the perfect resource for both novice and veteran eclipse-chasers.
- Hardback | 192 pages
- 260 x 364 x 25mm | 1,928g
- 30 Nov 2000
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
- 50 Maps
Table of contents
1. Introduction: stories of eclipses; 2. Eclipses throughout history; 3. Eclipses and celestial mechanics; 4. Eclipses in the Solar System; 5. Eclipses and science; 6. The last eclipse of the second Millennium; 7. How to photograph eclipses; Appendices.
'... a magnificent book ...' Le Journal de la Nature '... there is much that is excellent in the book. As a book of history, myth, literature, photography and expeditionary experiences, Glorious Eclipses is outstanding.' Jay M. Pasachoff, Nature '... an impressive and well illustrated large-format book containing poster-sized colour images and diagrams that will be ideal for new amateur astronomy enthusiasts or potential eclipse fans of the future ... everyone who browses through Glorious Eclipses will derive a sense of enchantment and wonder at these magnificent events.' Serge Koutchmy, Physics World 'If you want to take up eclipse chasing, the book's maps of future eclipses will tell you when and where to be.' Martin Ince, Mathematics and Physics 'This beautifully illustrated and written work has something for everyone - the seasoned eclipse chaser and the newcomer alike ... A recommended buy! Brian Halls, Astronomy Now 'Following the plethora of books which appeared to accompany the 1999 solar eclipse, here is a large-format book intended to do justice to an impressive selection of eclipse images and related illustrations. A chapter is devoted to a full account of the 1999 event ... The enthusiasm, even passion, of the authors for their subject has clearly lost nothing in translation and is evident in an engaging prose style ... a spectacular celebration of eclipses which can be recommended to enthusiast and general reader alike.' Paul Stephens, Popular Astronomy 'The book is of coffee-table proportions and, with nearly 200 profusely and colourfully illustrated pages, a price tag of only GBP25 represents very good value.' David Pike, The Observatory '... attractive and beautifully illustrated book ... a veritable mine of information on eclipses and is suitable for anyone who has an interest in eclipses ... this is a splendid book profusely illustrated ...'. F. Richard Stephenson, Astronomy & Geophysics "This is the ultimate eclipse book...successfully brings the beauty of total solar eclipses to the fore...there is much that is excellent in the book. The charts of future eclipses at the end of the book are redrawn at the highest quality...As a book of history, myth, literature, photography and expeditionary experiences, Glorious Eclipses is outstanding." Nature "Glorious Eclipses is almost as good as being there." Naples, Florida News "An extraordinarily beautiful book, Glorious Eclipses guides us elegantly through the history of obscurations of the sun and moon--from the ancient Chinese belief that a dragon was devouring the daytime star through current theories and on to celestial events forthcoming in the next six decades." Scientific American "Serge Brunier and Jean-Pierre Luminet have done an admirable job bringing their passion for eclipses to bear in this study, and Storm Dumlop has done remarkably well in perseving their insights in his tranlation...The writing is good, and the explanation are concise, but what what really makes this book soar is its photographs...I've seen 56 eclipses of the Sun and Moon in my lifetime; now with this magnificent publication, I can relive the feeling once more." Jrnl of the Meteortical Society "THIS MAY BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK ON ECLIPSES ever produced, with scores of wonderful eclipse photos showing virtually every possible aspect of a total eclipse of the Sun...the overall coverage is wide-ranging and includes many references to and illustrations of historical eclipese...the book and its great sucess are the exquisitely produced illustrations and the generous number of them. The historical sections are gorgeously done. Anyone who has made the effort to travel halfway around the world to see the spectacle of a total eclipse of the Sun will be interested in his book and probably want to own it. It would make an ideal gift for the addicted eclipse chaser." Sky News Nov Dec 2001