The Planets

The Planets

Book - 2005
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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.

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Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005
ISBN: 9780670034468
0670034460
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 523.2 Sob

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Oct 31, 2016

Dava Sobel invites us on a narrated journey through the planets of the solar system, beginning with heat- and asteroid-pummeled Mercury and concluding with Pluto and its brethren lurking in the outermost reaches. More than simply a collection of distances, dimensions and other unadorned facts, 'The Planets' is a quick read, and by the time you're finished you'll feel as though you have befriended the entire solar system.

Ólive Jul 18, 2012

great book

flash2121 Jul 18, 2012

so cool...

BeccaBB Apr 04, 2012

There is a chapter for each planet (Pluto, the sun, and the moon have chapters too) and each chapter takes a different approach. In most you get some of the same facts like the rotation speed and atmospheric composition and such so you do get some text book like information but there is more to it than that. Venus is about beauty and includes poetry, Mars is told in the voice of a fragment found on Earth, Saturn talks about the music of the spheres, and Jupiter explores the astrology of the planet. It is a rather brief introduction to each planet and does not go in-depth very much but the unique approach makes it less a study of the science of the planets and makes it a stargazer’s wondering look at the universe. It is meant to teach you something but also to show you the wonder, imagination and glory of the planets.

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Ólive Jul 18, 2012

There is a chapter for each planet (Pluto, the sun, and the moon have chapters too) and each chapter takes a different approach. In most you get some of the same facts like the rotation speed and atmospheric composition and such so you do get some text book like information but there is more to it than that. Venus is about beauty and includes poetry, Mars is told in the voice of a fragment found on Earth, Saturn talks about the music of the spheres, and Jupiter explores the astrology of the planet. It is a rather brief introduction to each planet and does not go in-depth very much but the unique approach makes it less a study of the science of the planets and makes it a stargazer’s wondering look at the universe. It is meant to teach you something but also to show you the wonder, imagination and glory of the planets.

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