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Featured Non-Fiction: The History of Astronomy by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest

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Featured Non-Fiction: The History of Astronomy by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest

Firefly Books, 2007

About the book:
This extraordinary book traces the stories of humans interacting with the endless wonders of the night sky, beginning with the earliest superstitions and continuing through to the birth and development of the science of astronomy.

The authors, both expert astronomers, researched 29 locations worldwide, from Beijing's ancient observatory to the observatory in Puerto Rico that searches for alien radio signals. They also interviewed 26 of the world's most esteemed astronomers, including Stephen Hawking.

Through its engaging narrative and stunning full-color photography, The History of Astronomy tells a remarkable story of a subject that continues to test the limits of imagination and exploration.

About The Authors:
Heather Couper is an astrophysicist. She ran the Greenwich Planetarium, and was president of the British Astronomical Association and a professor of astronomy, and produced the TV programs Universe and Electric Skies.

Nigel Henbest is a consultant to both the Royal Greenwich Observatory and New Scientist magazine.

Arthur C. Clarke is among the world's most famous science fiction authors. His more than 70 books include 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Read more about The History of Astronomy at the Firefly Books website.