- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Pegasus Books; 1 edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1681773309
- ISBN-13: 978-1681773308
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mask of the Sun: The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses 1st Edition
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“For a more expansive look at how eclipses have been mythologized throughout history, turn to Mask of the Sun. John Dvorak offers useful, engaging background, as well as a deeper understanding of what to expect this August.”
- New York Times
“A rich chronicle.
“Dvorak’s meticulously researched book covers the history of human reactions and interpretations from Homer to the Bible and beyond. He doesn’t skimp on the science, either; Mask of the Sun is a well rounded, entertaining, and authoritative survey.”
“If a simple alignment of astronomical bodies can move a 21st-century scientist to tears it’s perhaps not surprising that eclipses of the sun and moon have haunted the human imagination since our species first looked up at the sky. Mask of the Sun charts the history of this obsession through dozens of stories and anecdotes that illustrate how deeply embedded eclipse lore is in cultures across the world.”
- The Spectator (UK)
“This book provides an excellent overview of how eclipses work and how people have interpreted them through time. Dvorak explains complex scientific ideas succinctly and clearly without resorting to formula or jargon. Furthermore, he does an excellent job of conveying the wonder of eclipses, describing both their historical-cultural value and the inspirational effect they have on people. A splendid introduction to all aspects of eclipses; for all readers interested in science. ”
- Library Journal (starred)
About the Author
Originally trained as a lunar scientist, John Dvorak, PhD, spent twenty years operating a large telescope at Mauna Kea for the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. His writing has appeared as cover stories for Scientific American, Astronomy and Physics Today. His books include Earthquake Storms and The Last Volcano, both available from Pegasus Books.
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"Sun, Moon, Earth" by Nordgren is also very good. "Eclipse" by Close is mostly a recounting of his own eclipse experiences and disappointed me very much.
If you're thinking about making the effort to get to somewhere where the total eclipse is visible, this is the book to read to convince you to do it!
And if you can't get to an eclipse, this is the book to read, as it's the next best thing to experiencing an eclipse in person!
Not only does the book provide an excellent overview of how eclipses happen and the history of our understanding of them, it also provides entertaining and enlightening stories of human perspectives and experiences with eclipses throughout history.
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