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The Planets

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    What a wonderful book!

    I really enjoyed this book. I had to read a book for my Nature of Science class and the book I initially picked out wasn't cutting it so in a panic I picked up The Planets. I wasn't really expecting much - in fact I thought it was going to be pretty boring. I was pleasently suprised. It was a great book and anyone who has the slighest interest in the solar system will love this book. Dava employs several different writing styles to captiveate her audience. A martain rocks story, the discover of Uranus and Neptune, the search for planet X and Vulcan...

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

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    A lyrical journey through our solar system

    In this series of essays, Sobel weaves together popular culture,discovery and scientific study, and the personalities involved. Her essay span the history of science and world cultures to give a captivating account of our solar system. She truly captures the awe of astronomy. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    Imaginative and engaging

    I've read and been delighted by Longitude and Galileo's Daughter so when I came across "The Planets." I was intrigued and wanted to read it. I knew even before I bought the book that it would be nothing like the other two by Dava Sobel, but by now she has established herself as a great writer and I trusted her and her instincts. If she wanted to take an unorthodox trip across the Solar System, I was all too willing to buy a ticket for the journey. And it was a refreshingly new look at the landscape that I thought I had already known all too well and have become a bit jaded with. Part informative, part imaginative this book both entertains and educates. It is well suited for both young and old readers. Each planet gets its own "voice" and is approached and dealt with from a unique point of view. The two works of art - one in fiction one in music - which this book reminds me of are Italo Calvino's "Cosmicomics" and Gustav Holst's "The Planets." Like Calvino and Holst, Dava Sobel possesses a rare gift of imagination and skill to bring a potentially dry subject and weave it into something that entices us and enthralls us. That's why I decided to recommend this book to my college Astronomy class that I teach this year.

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