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Astronomical Enigmas: Life on Mars, the Star of Bethlehem, and Other Milky Way Mysteries

By: Mark Kidger

304 pages, colour plates

Johns Hopkins University Press

Hardback | Jul 2005 | #157626 | ISBN: 0801880262
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Astronomer Mark Kidger has spent his career helping the general public understand the nature of the universe and what astronomy can tell us about its composition, history, and future. In Astronomical Enigmas, he presents the questions he is asked most frequently and offers answers that are at once clear, succinct, and stimulating.

In 12 delightful chapters, astronomer Kidger takes us on a tour of the solar system, addressing an array of fascinating questions... a joy to read. Publishers Weekly 2005 He answers questions that provoke some of the most passionate and heated arguments between astronomers. Astronomical Enigmas illustrates how much we know about our solar system, and how much there still is to discover. Lunar Planetary Information Bulletin 2005 Quite engaging... serves up an elucidating overview of the big questions in astronomy, providing the reader with a commanding level of knowledge. -- George Whitesides Air & Space Smithsonian 2005 A refreshing and successful departure from the traditional approach to an introductory astronomy book... An excellent book that spans a wide range of topics. Choice 2005 In this highly interesting volume, an astronomer asks general-interest questions and provides solid scientific answers... packed with information. -- Donald Logsdon, Jr. NSTA Recommends 2005 Mr. Kidger's lively writing and clear exposition make the book both enjoyable and informative. -- Jeffrey Marsh Washington Times 2005 Highly recommended as an informative read and a good reference to many of the controversial areas of astronomy. -- Nick Lomb Australian Physics 2005 Easy to read but not easy to put down! -- Peter D. Mata Spaceflight 2006 A beautifully written book packed with narrative answers to major astronomical topics of current interest. -- Katherine Haramundanis Science Books and Films 2005 Fascinating read. -- Alvin K. Benson Magill Book Reviews 2006 Mark Kidger, having looked into interesting nooks and crannies of astronomy, has brought a dozen topics he found there to the general public... I will look forward to his sequel. Key Reporter 2007 The book is well produced and is written with enthusiasm in a clear and informal style. -- Colin Cooke Observatory Magazine 2006

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Mark Kidger is an astronomer at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias who works at the observatories in La Palma and Tenerife.

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