Book of the Moon

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802717344
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 8

Ch. 1 Facts and Figures 12

Ch. 2 Astronomers 54

Ch. 3 Gods and Myths 112

Ch. 4 Gardening and the Weather 152

Ch. 5 Astronauts, Cosmonauts and Lunar Exploration 178

Ch. 6 Magic 258

Ch. 7 Medicine, Madness, Werewolves and Science 300

Ch. 8 Miscellany 334

Bibliography 361

Picture Acknowledgements 362

Index 364

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2010

    Okay...

    The first couple of pages offer some good information, and information many probably don't know, about the moon. But for people wanting to learn strictly information about the moon- what it is, made up of, and the future of moon exploration- this, along with a couple of other pages, is where it ends. Rick Stroud's opinions about moon exploration are scattered throughout it's pages, and a lot of the book is devoted to myth and culture on the moon. This is okay, but facts like the future of moon exploration is limited to about two pages. So, if you want to learn about the myths and how culture is affected by the moon, this would be a good book to read. It offers some insight on the Apollo missions. But if you're looking for a real, up close, insightful, great book on the missions to the moon and NASA, read Moon Shot by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton. That's a great book. This one? Not so much.

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