I'm currently enjoying this book. I'm about two thirds of the way through it. I'm learning some interesting history that I wasn't aware of. For example, I had no idea about the role of George Darwin concerning theories of the origin of the Moon. If you enjoy lunar observing, as I do, then I think this book would be of interest.
The Big Splat
Or How Our Moon Came to Be
by Dana Mackenzie
"This lively science history relates one of the great recent breakthroughs in planetary astronomy - a successful theory of the birth of the Moon. Science journalist Dana Mackenzie traces the evolution of this theory, one little known outside the scientific community: a Mars-sized object collided with Earth some four billion years ago, and the remains of this colossal explosion - the Big Splat - came together to form the Moon. Beginning with notions of the Moon in ancient cosmologies, Mackenzie relates the fascinating history of lunar speculation, moving from Galileo and Kepler to George Darwin (son of Charles) and the Apollo astronauts, whose trips to the lunar surface helped solve one of the most enigmatic mysteries of the night sky: who hung the Moon?"
Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (March 1, 2003)
Language : English
Hardcover : 240 pages
The Big Splat was recommended by Dr. Becky on her YouTube channel which is how I became aware of it. She mentions the book, along with some other book recommendations, in this video starting at approx 34:34 :
Live Book Signing and Q&A
video posted to YouTube on: Streamed live on Nov 29, 2020
YouTube channel: Dr. Becky
starting at approx 34:34
About Dr. Becky Smethurst:
University of Oxford: https://www.physics....eople/smethurst
Cheers! Bob F.
Edited by BFaucett, 02 April 2022 - 01:28 PM.