SUN MOON EARTH
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR SUN MOON EARTH:
“Tyler Nordgren’s Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets is a charming and informative primer on the subject….
As the title suggests, the book is more than a generic guide to next year’s eclipse…
it is a philosophical, historical, and speculative meditation on the roots of scientific thinking and the development of astronomical theory and practice”
—Wall Street Journal
“On 21 August 2017, the United States will experience its first total solar eclipse in 40 years. Astronomer Tyler Nordgren’s primer maps essentials for that event, contextualized by a fascinating history that sweeps us from Anaxagoras’ explanation of eclipses in the fifth century BC to Arthur Eddington’s test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity during the May 1919 total eclipse.
Nordgren is a wonderful guide to both the science and the sensory thrills.”
“When the moon clips our view of the sun or our own shadow blots out our satellite, we experience it with the benefit of millennia of knowledge.
We know years in advance when an eclipse will happen, where on the planet it will be visible and, perhaps most importantly, that the world will not end because of it. Our ancestors were not so well-prepared. Astronomer and physicist Nordgren charts the path our species has taken from terror to scientific understanding, and he’s done it with and clarity.”