A guide to the myths of the constellations, with their illustrations, for the astronomer and the mythologist
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Ian Ridpath is among the leading British writers and broadcasters on astronomy and space. Regular appearances on both BBC TV's Breakfast Time and TV-AM, as well as many children's programmes, have made him a familiar figure. His radio broadcasts include Science Now and Today on Radio 4, Radio 2's John Dunn Show, programmes for the BBC World Service, LBC and BBC Radio London. He has written over 30 books on astronomy and space for both adults and children. He is editor of Popular Astronomy magazine and of Norton's Star Atlas.From School Library Journal:
YA-- Ridpath relates an amazing history of star gazing that was first recorded by the Sumerians in 2000 b.c. By 150 a.d. , Ptolemy, the Greek astronomer, had recognized the 48 constellations which are the basis for modern astronomy. An additional 40 constellations that were below the Greek horizon are also discussed. The illustrations, magnificent engravings reproduced from John Flamsted's Atlas Coelestris (1729) and the Uranographia star atlas of Johann Bode (1801), show the figures inhabiting the night skies. Astronomy today deals with quasars, red giants, white dwarfs, and other phenomena. Ridpath's book relates a simpler time in celestial history. A useful book for any situation in which mythology is researched or taught in the curriculum.
- Anne Paget, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.
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Book Description Universe Pub, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110876636946