Pulp Physics: Astronomy: Humankind in Space and Time

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9781590073551: Pulp Physics: Astronomy: Humankind in Space and Time

In this introduction to the history of astronomy and physics, Richard Berendzen covers everything from the ancient worlds of Greece, Persia, Egypt, and China to the 20th-century space program. He also ruminates on the effect these two sciences have on the planet and on daily lives.

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The Publishing Mills's elegant, functional packaging promises far more than the author delivers in his introduction to the history of astronomy and physics from the pre-Socratics to the twentieth-century space program. The listener is subjected to nasal and mouth noises, as well as sharp, whistling "s" sounds, which worsen the effects of the author's dry lecture style. His efforts to create suspense at various scientific mile-stones with dramatic pauses and reverent tones are distracting and contrived. The story is meant to be a novice-level, "pulp" account of important chapters in the history of science, but this production will have difficulty keeping its audience's attention. L.V.B. AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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