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Glorious Eclipses: Their Past, Present and Future

Popular Science

By: Serge Brunier and Jean-Pierre Luminet

190 pages, 200 figs, 50 maps

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Nov 2000 | #111200 | ISBN: 0521791480
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NHBS Price: £60.99 $80/€68 approx

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Deals with eclipses of all kinds - lunar, solar and even those elsewhere in the Solar System and beyond, covering the history of eclipses from ancient times, the celestial mechanics involved, their observation and scientific interest.

'! a magnificent book !' Le Journal de la Nature '! there is much that is excellent in the book. As a book of history, myth, literature, photography and expeditionary experiences, Glorious Eclipses is outstanding.' Jay M. Pasachoff, Nature '! an impressive and well illustrated large-format book containing poster-sized colour images and diagrams that will be ideal for new amateur astronomy enthusiasts or potential eclipse fans of the future ! everyone who browses through Glorious Eclipses will derive a sense of enchantment and wonder at these magnificent events.' Serge Koutchmy, Physics World 'If you want to take up eclipse chasing, the book's maps of future eclipses will tell you when and where to be.' Martin Ince, Mathematics and Physics 'This beautifully illustrated and written work has something for everyone - the seasoned eclipse chaser and the newcomer alike ! A recommended buy! Brian Halls, Astronomy Now 'Following the plethora of books which appeared to accompany the 1999 solar eclipse, here is a large-format book intended to do justice to an impressive selection of eclipse images and related illustrations. A chapter is devoted to a full account of the 1999 event ! The enthusiasm, even passion, of the authors for their subject has clearly lost nothing in translation and is evident in an engaging prose style ! a spectacular celebration of eclipses which can be recommended to enthusiast and general reader alike.' Paul Stephens, Popular Astronomy 'The book is of coffee-table proportions and, with nearly 200 profusely and colourfully illustrated pages, a price tag of only GBP25 represents very good value.' David Pike, The Observatory '! attractive and beautifully illustrated book ! a veritable mine of information on eclipses and is suitable for anyone who has an interest in eclipses ! this is a splendid book profusely illustrated !'. F. Richard Stephenson, Astronomy & Geophysics


1. Introduction: stories of eclipses; 2. Eclipses throughout history; 3. Eclipses and celestial mechanics; 4. Eclipses in the Solar System; 5. Eclipses and science; 6. The last eclipse of the second Millennium; 7. How to photograph eclipses; Appendices.

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