Okay, I KNOW I'm a little biased, being an astronogrl and all, but this book is an AMAZING read!
Maybe I like the biographical aspect, or the fact that Overbye is just a great storyteller, and this is one great story.
The story of Allan Sandage - from boyhood dreamer to discoverer of mysteries - could be a book in itself.
By page 114, I could already comfortably explain Hawking radiation: the seeming paradox that absolutely nothing can get out of a black hole, yet it radiates vast amounts of energy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen Foster
One reviewer stated that there were factual inaccuracies in this book.
Just looking at the captions to the pictures in this book there are at least two inaccuracies that I... Read more
This is a crash course on the "history" of cosmology. Informal style, easy to read, funny on many occasions. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alexandre Tort
Lonely hearts of the Cosmos is a fantastic source of history of the astronomers of the 20th century. One of the main stars is Sandage. Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by Romadave
A strongly personality-focused story-line, by a highly respected science journalist, about some of the clashes and rivalries that have beset 20th Century extragalactic astronomy. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by madbadgalaxyman
I enjoyed Overbye's book very much when it first came out. But I noticed a mistake, and I wonder if it has been corrected in later editions. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Martin Chandler
The mathematician, Roger Penrose, whose lectures on singularities launched Stephen Hawking toward Black Holes and the birth/death of our universe also collaborated with artist M.C. Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by Cecil Bothwell
This is one of the best books on physics I have read. Not only doees the author Dennis Overbye present the information about the fascinating personalities in astrophysics,... Read morePublished on December 4, 2005 by tizart
Okay, I KNOW I'm a little biased, being an astronogrl and all, but this book is an AMAZING read! It reads like a novel, and yet contains so many interesting astronomy,... Read morePublished on January 29, 2004 by Ethernaught