Celestial Sleuth (Springer Praxis Books) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $39.99
  • Save: $5.62 (14%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Celestial Sleuth: Using A... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by newyorkminute
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: No notes or underlining.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Celestial Sleuth: Using Astronomy to Solve Mysteries in Art, History and Literature (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy) Paperback – October 11, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1461484028 ISBN-10: 1461484022 Edition: 2014th

Buy New
Price: $34.37
34 New from $29.03 15 Used from $23.00
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$34.37
$29.03 $23.00
Best%20Books%20of%202014

Frequently Bought Together

Celestial Sleuth: Using Astronomy to Solve Mysteries in Art, History and Literature (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy) + Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History (Science Essentials)
Price for both: $59.42

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy
  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2014 edition (October 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461484022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461484028
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

From the book reviews:

“If you have ever wondered looking at a painting or a maybe while watching a film whether or not the astronomical objects are or were in the exact place as the artist depicted them or maybe they just added it to fill in an empty spot, then this book will be a delightful read for you. … you can find some quite famous paintings that will have their astronomical mysteries solved or about which you’ll find out a lot more.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, October, 2014)

“The book is in three parts, one dealing with art, the others with history and literature. … A good point is that the writing is straightforward and technical terms are avoided or explained. … I would … recommend the book. … the book is appealing to astronomers and non-astronomers alike and would make a nice present.” (Mona Evans, BellaOnline.com, July, 2014)

“The book is clearly set out, engagingly written, well referenced, and copiously illustrated. Art works are compared with recent and vintage photographs from the same view points. There is plenty of bibliography for the interested reader to follow up. One does not have to be an astronomer to enjoy it and I recommend it warmly — an illuminating read and also a good present for a non-astronomer.” (P. M. Williams, The Observatory, Vol. 134 (1240), June, 2014)

“Olson tells detective stories that cover an incredibly wide range of topics and well-known cases. He repeatedly comes up with surprising and evocative solutions, all with convincing proofs that scholars should have picked up decades or centuries earlier. The exciting revelations on famous cases make Celestial Sleuth a unique book. … Celestial Sleuth has become my all-time favorite astronomy book because of its beauty and fun, as well as its many startling and convincing new results.” (Bradley E. Schaefer, Sky & Telescope, May, 2014)

“Donald Olson, with colleagues and students, has published many Sky & Telescope articles that use astronomy to explore mysteries from history, art, and literature. Olson … has now collected these and additional pieces in Celestial Sleuth. … If you love astronomy, art, history, or literature you will enjoy Celestial Sleuth and probably want to give it to teachers, students, friends, and family.” (Eric L. Altschuler, Science, Vol. 343, March, 2014)

“Don Olson, a professor of astronomy at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, has worked out a method of identifying locations and times for paintings from a combination of astronomical circumstances—such as shadows, tides, and positions of the moon and stars in the sky—and contemporary records such as journals or diaries. … I found Olson's book delightful and interesting to read, as it linked the science of the skies with human events.” (Jay M. Pasachoff, The Key Reporter, keyreporter.org, February, 2014)

From the Back Cover

Many mysteries in art, history, and literature can be solved using “forensic” astronomy, including calculating phases of the Moon, determining the positions of the planets and stars, and identifying celestial objects. In addition to helping to crack difficult cases, such studies spark our imagination and provide a better understanding of the skies. Weather facts, volcanic studies, topography, tides, historical letters and diaries, military records and the friendly assistance of experts in related fields help with the work.

 

Topics or cases pursued were chosen for their wide public recognition and intrigue and involve artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet; historical events such as the Battle of Marathon, Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain, and World War II; and literary authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Mary Shelley.

 

For each historical event influenced by astronomy, there is a different kind of mystery to be solved. For example, how can the Moon help to explain the sinking of the Titanic and a turning point of the American Civil War? For each literary reference to astronomy, which celestial objects were being described and was the author describing an actual event?

 

Follow these exciting investigations with Donald Olson, a master “celestial sleuth,” as he tracks down the truth and helps unravel mysteries as far back as ancient history and as recent as the haunting paintings of Edvard Munch.


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Horace Smith on April 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Many people are aware that science can help crack difficult criminal cases. In this book the reader learns how astronomy can solve historical and literary mysteries. The cases discussed are diverse, ranging from the circumstances surrounding the writing of Frankenstein to the sinking of the Titanic, and not all are of equal historical significance. While each reader will probably find some historical puzzles more interesting than others, each story has an astronomical twist that will intrigue those interested in both astronomy and history. The reader already versed in astronomy will more readily appreciate the critical points of each case, but the astronomy behind each solution is well described and the book is intelligible to the general reader. Color figures are extensively used, and the figures are often essential to understanding the problems and their proposed solutions. The author of the book was often helped in his sleuthing by his students, and I was glad to see that their assistance is well recognized. This is a book that makes one wonder what other historical problems might be solved, or at least clarified, by the application of forensic astronomy. It is a good thing when a book leaves you wanting more.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike W on May 19, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very interesting on several different levels. The authors teams go to great lengths to re create the celestial conditions in the exact sights to prove what effects these conditions had if any on the events. Some time to show exactly where and when these events happened. Well written to appeal to astronomy and nature interest as well as history and also mystery interest. I would highly recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell M. Anderson on July 24, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Love it. Saw an article in an astronomy magazine like this book and wanted to read more.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Fred Becchetti on August 31, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Many interesting topics covered, from art to history.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again