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Book of the Moon

Book of the Moon

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by Rick Stroud
     
 

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To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of man's first steps on the moon, a visually striking cornucopia of everything worth knowing about our closest neighbor in space.

Can you remember where you were on July 20, 1969, when, in one of the iconic moments of the twentieth century, Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon? The

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To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of man's first steps on the moon, a visually striking cornucopia of everything worth knowing about our closest neighbor in space.

Can you remember where you were on July 20, 1969, when, in one of the iconic moments of the twentieth century, Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon? The distant object that had fascinated mankind for millennia suddenly got much closer. Rick Stroud has been obsessed with the moon since childhood, and here provides the culmination of that passion—an utterly original and absorbing account of all things lunar, a book that celebrates the physics that created the moon and the technology that took us there as much as its magic and mystery.

Opening with the debatable story of how the moon was formed (scientists still don't agree on this), Stroud then turns to the stories of mankind's fascination with Earth's satellite—from Babylonian astronomers thousands of years before Christ, to the Greek, Roman, and Arab scientists who paved the way for the Renaissance, to the astronomers and astronauts of our time. He delves into the mythology and astrology that have inspired civilizations and cultures the world over, alongside the scientific and medicinal advances that have come from our lunar connection.

Filled with original lists, intriguing statistics, and compelling images, The Book of the Moon draws us closer to the rocky orb that may hold the secrets of our own Earth's beginnings.

Editorial Reviews

It was George Carlin who opined that there are nights when wolves are silent and only the moon is howling. Actually, this circular speck in the sky has been calling out earthlings for millennia, captivating poets, astronomers, and scientists alike. Rick Stroud's Book of the Moon taps into our seemingly omnipresent lunar obsession to explain why Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's July 20, 1969, moonwalk cast such an abiding spell on us all. To present his case, he delves deep into history, describing how Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman thinkers and soothsayers used the moon to advance their agendas and our knowledge. A deep probe of our lunar connections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802717344
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Rick Stroud is an acclaimed television director. An associate producer of Brideshead Revisited early in his career, he has since been nominated for an Emmy, and his work has been extensively shown on American television, including the miniseries Nancy Astor and the TV film The Last Day. He lives in London.

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