Halley in 90 Minutes (Scientists in 90 Minutes Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-0094770300
ISBN-10: 0094770301
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Product Details

  • Series: Scientists in 90 Minutes Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0094770301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0094770300
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,699,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William P. Palmer on October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Review of Halley in 90 minutes by John and Mary Gribbin published by Constable of London in 1997.

Reviewer: W. P. Palmer

This very short book is part of a series written by John and Mary Gribbin and published by Constable. The books are written to a standard pattern being about sixty pages in length with a further fifteen pages listing the main events in the history of science. There are no indices and no illustrations apart from the front covers of this paperback series. Scientists chosen in this series include Curie, Darwin, Einstein, Faraday, Galileo, Mendel, Newton and the scientist chosen in the book under review, Edmond Halley (1656-1742).

I suspect that there are no other books that introduce Edmond Halley to the general reader in a refreshingly simple manner as this book is well written, accurate and well-researched. Haley's name is familiar to the wider public, probably only because of the regular appearance of Halley's comet every seventy-six years. A few people interested in science may also know that we should be grateful to Halley because he persuaded Isaac Newton to publish his great work `Principia' when without his intervention, it might have been lost for ever.

John and Mary Gribbin add to those limited facts about Halley's life, though they acknowledge that there are periods of his life, about which historians have no clear picture. They consider that the periodicity of Halley's comet is perhaps `the least important thing he did (p.12)' Halley was born in a family that was well off, though later in life both he and his father were reduced in circumstances. He did well at school and went to university at Queen's College, Oxford.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This short life of Edmond Halley tells the story of a major astronomer who identified and traced the orbit of the comet named after him. Halley was an adventurous youth who first made his mark through a research voyage to the South Seas where he mapped the part of the heavens that could be seen from that part of the world. Later he would make a significant contribution to Science in another way by urging his friend Isaac Newton to write the 'Principia'. He would go on to become Royal Astronomer and be one of the most prominent scientists of the time in which the Royal Society was founded and modern science came into being.
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