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#1 adc

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 04:46 AM

Does anyone have recommendations for books about astronomy that are known for their high literary quality? I'm thinking of something like the astronomy equivalent of a John Muir or Henry David Thoreau. Thanks.


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 05:18 AM

The writings of Thoreau would be hard to approach, especially for a book on astronomy. flowerred.gif

 

 

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 05:25 AM

If you're looking for non-fiction, consider Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space.  I like his fictional stories too.  smile.gif   


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 03:03 PM

Does anyone have recommendations for books about astronomy that are known for their high literary quality? I'm thinking of something like the astronomy equivalent of a John Muir or Henry David Thoreau. Thanks.

Anything by Carl Sagan, but especially Cosmos.



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 03:32 PM

Chet Raymo, Timothy Ferris, and Leslie Peltier all are very worth reading.

 

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 05:01 PM

Chet Raymo, Timothy Ferris, and Leslie Peltier all are very worth reading.

 

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These would be an excellent start. waytogo.gif



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Posted 19 October 2020 - 10:28 AM

I find Robert Burnham Jr.'s books (Celestrial Handbook) elegantly written.  He was a natural at the art of "Letters".  Reading his prose is like quietly drifting downstream in a rowboat.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 09:38 AM

Have you read Longitude by Dava Sobel? Not astronomy per se but with a lot of astronomy references and certainly pertinent. She also wrote a book Galileo’s Daughter which I have yet to read.

 

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