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Children's LiteraturePerhaps no branch of science has a longer history than astronomy. Since the dawn of mankind human beings have stared up into the night sky and wondered at the glowing lights of the planets, moons, and stars. Even now the curiosity that is bred by the skies above has led to such amazing accomplishments as the lunar landings, satellite journeys to distant planets, and thoughts of expeditions to Mars. The universe, in all its unknowable vastness and complexity, literally boggles the mind of those people who seriously study it. Yet, as this title points out, there have been stalwart students of the heavens who, for centuries, have tried to untangle the puzzling web of the skies. In this title of the illustrated "Pioneers of Science" series, Scott and Bobbi McCutcheon present biographical sketches of ten leading astronomers. Beginning with the pioneering work of Copernicus and ending with Carl Sagan's and Stephen Hawking's modern studies, the authors of this science text provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of astronomy. Through the lives of some of history's leading astronomers, readers can get in touch with not only their accomplishments but also some of the keynote elements of this vital branch of science. As such, this title is yet another valuable book in a series that offers its readers an excellent leg up on the ladder of scientific study. 2006, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck