The Sky's Dark Labyrinth
At the dawn of the 17th century, it was believed that the Sun revolved around the Earth. Yet some men knew that the Heavens did not move as they should and began to believe exactly the opposite - a heresy punishable by being burned alive. The Sky's Dark Labyrinth follows the stories of Johannes Kepler - a German Lutheran and the first man to distill how stars and planets moved according to mathematical laws - and Galileo Galilei. An Italian Catholic, Galileo tries to claim Kepler's success for his own Church, and finds himself enmeshed in a web of intrigue originating from within the Vatican itself. Both men and their families are trapped by human ignorance and terror in one of the darkest, yet also one of the most enlightening, periods of European history. The Sky's Dark Labyrinth is the first of a trilogy of novels inspired by the dramatic struggles, personal and professional, and key historical events in man's quest to understand the Universe.
- Hardback | 272 pages
- 145 x 205 x 36mm | 470g
- 18 Apr 2011
- Birlinn General
- Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
'An intelligent book that neither romanticises the past, nor distorts it to suit modern Sensibilities' * Historical Novel Society * 'This book is a moving and eye-opening story of brilliance and bravery, and the fight against bigotry and closed-mindedness' * Daily Mail * 'Well stocked with informative historical asides' * Scotland on Sunday * 'Clark's account is superb ... a cracking good read' * Cool Science Books * 'Stuart Clark follows a game of galactic hide-and-seek' * New Scientist *
About Stuart Clark
Stuart Clark is a former editor of the UK's bestselling popular astronomy magazine Astronomy Now and a visiting fellow of the University of Hertfordshire. His book, The Sun Kings (Princeton University Press, 2007), established him as a popular science writer par excellence. Last year Stuart further honed his storytelling skills by working for the BBC to develop ten stories for a forthcoming science-based drama series, Stormshield, and writing the outline for the astronomy episode of a forthcoming BBC2 series on the history of science. Most recently, he has dramatised and read a portion of The Sun Kings for Radio 3. He lives in Hitchin.