Reinhard Genzel, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany
"This book gives a personal enthusiastic and well informed view of the exciting discoveries in astronomy since 1950. Major advances in astronomy are led by technology, but the theme of this engagingly written book is the development of ideas, and how they are tested and refined as new observations become possible. Sanders' central subject is the revelation of the structure of our Milky Way galaxy with its "rather small" four million solar mass central black hole. However the reader will gain also insight into how astronomy and science develop via world-wide cooperation and debate. It is fun to read!"
Donald Lynden-Bell, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
"Sanders ... [inserts] helpful summaries after particularly dense sections. Those interludes contain charmingly personal reflections on both the practice and development of astronomy and help to ensure that interested readers of all backgrounds can share in the thrill of a wondrous discovery."
Matthew Walker, Physics Today
"... even readers familiar with the subject will probably learn something new but at the same time the book is accessible to a general readership ... I enjoyed reading the book and recommend it."