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Cosmic Verses: A Rhyming History of the Universe
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Cosmic Verses: A Rhyming History of the Universe

by James Muirden, David Eccles (Illustrator)
 

From mankind's ancestors to Professor Stephen Hawking, James Muirden cleverly and humorously examines our quest to make sense of the cosmos in wonderful rhyming couplets. If you've ever wondered about the universe, or wanted to broaden your horizons, here are the theories, discoveries, writings and sayings of Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoras, Ptolemy, and the Arab

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From mankind's ancestors to Professor Stephen Hawking, James Muirden cleverly and humorously examines our quest to make sense of the cosmos in wonderful rhyming couplets. If you've ever wondered about the universe, or wanted to broaden your horizons, here are the theories, discoveries, writings and sayings of Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoras, Ptolemy, and the Arab astronomers and mathematicians who flourished during Europe's Dark Ages, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Boyle and many more by way of Einstein and so to the present day…and now the education is fun! Here also are the thoughts of space scientists, alchemists, writers, and theologians all weighing in on the cosmos as, through Muirden's delightful presentation, he spins the history of science on a new axis.

Here's a short excerpt from The Cosmic Verses:
Pythagoras thought the world a sphere,
(a new and startling idea!),
but his enduring claim to fame is through the proof that bears his name.
Draw any triangle that you dare,
one corner being nice and square:
the shorter sides call a and b,
the long hypotenuse call c…
then c2 equals you will find,
the squares of a and b combined.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“More fun than seeing many a Shakespearean production, and a good prep for seeing any.” —Booklist on Shakespeare Well-Versed

“A perfect little gift for any fan of Shakespeare with a sense of humor.” —Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust on Shakespeare Well-Versed

Publishers Weekly
This latest volume of didactic verse from the author of A Rhyming History of Britain brings Muirden's knack for the explanatory couplet to the history of astronomy. Using mainly iambic tetrameter-spiked with the occasional limerick and aided by Eccles's charming cartoons-Muirden traces the study of the cosmos from Cro-Magnon times to the present. Even when the science is knotty, readers will marvel at Muirden's ability to rhyme almost anything-including Einstein's general theory of relativity ("But nobody was then prepared/For e to = mc2). Muirden places the science within its historical context; plenty of rhymes address the formidable role the Church played in furthering (or thwarting) the pursuit of scientific knowledge, and if lay readers close this book with a still-incomplete grasp of astronomy, it's likely they'll come away with a better understanding of, say, the Danish court of Tycho Brahe's time or of the intellectual climate in Baghdad in A.D. 762. For uninitiated readers seeking an introduction to astrophysics, there are more comprehensive (nonrhyming) books available. Those with a background in astronomy, however-or those who just wish to appreciate Muirden at the top of his game-will find this delightful. (Jan) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802715692
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
01/09/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

James Muirden has written some thirty books on astronomy and space, in addition to A Rhyming History of Britain and Shakespeare Well-Versed. He has also been a film reviewer and telescope maker. He lives with his wife and children in Devon, England.

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