WANDERERS IN THE SKY: The motion of Planets and Space Probes by

WANDERERS IN THE SKY: The motion of Planets and Space Probes

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The 100-odd succinct articles and more than 100 drawings, photographs, and tables give a particularly interesting account of man's speculations and discoveries as he has explored the solar system through the centuries. Concentrating on some 30 years of the active development of observational astronomy as record in the famous astronomy journal for amateurs and professionals, Sky and Telescope (and its progenitor magazines), this is volume I in the Sky and Telescope Library of Astronomy. Five sections: The Dawn of Understanding; Newton's Mechanical System; Recent Probings of Space; The Hazards of Interplanetary Space; and Our Moon, A Big Satellite, offer a wide variety of tid-bits by such men as Herschel, Struve, Menzel, Baldwin, Whipple, Ley, Cohen, Tombaugh and staff members, and touch on all the important solar system investigations from early times to late 1963. Though there is some datedness evident, this does not detract from the historical material presented which gives a particularly good picture of man's technological improvements for ""seeing"" better into space.

Pub Date: April 26th, 1965
Publisher: Macmillan