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The Planet-Girded Suns: The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets by [Engdahl, Sylvia]
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"Engdahl has marshalled an impressive and fascinating selection of primary sources--including a roster of believers that includes Newton, Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, and rocket pioneer Robert Goddard; and . . . reminded us that our ancestors entertained a view of the universe that was larger and more imaginative than the history books lead us to believe. Challenging and original."  --Kirkus Reviews

"In a brisk, engrossing account Engdahl traces the theories and speculations concerning the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligent life throughout history. . . . This [book] is based on original research in primary sources and smoothly incorporates many quotations from scientists, philosophers, poets and theologians." --ALA Booklist

"The Planet-Girded Suns is a beautiful example of what thedisciplined imagination can do. . . . It is a fine, carefully donehistory of the ideas about other worlds--nicely balanced in itspresentation of the informational and mystical elements of thesubject."   --Horn Book

"The substantial treatment of the history of the idea of other solar systems, based largely on research in primary documents, should make it of use to scholars." --Isis One Hundred Second Critical Bibliography of the History of Science and Its Cultural Implications

"Easy to read and on a timely subject approached from an original point of view, this also serves as a model to show how an idea is researched and documented." --School Library Journal

"This is an important and interesting book. . . .  The author's thought-provoking presentation on the subject should provide some fascinating reading."  --National Space Society, 2012 

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"By carefully reconstructing her story from voluminous notes on many writers, both well-known and obscure, Engdahl has given vitality and dimension to the idea of extraterrestrial intelligence."  --Cosmic Search 

"Engdahl has created a well-crafted, well-researched and unique view on exoplanets, and is a must-read for those who want a different view on space than the usual technical one."  --Readers' Favorites (2012)

The book's title is from an 1829 poem by Tennyson:

. . . The clear galaxy
Shorn of its hoary lustre, wonderful,
Distinct and vivid with sharp points of light,
Blaze within blaze, an unimagin'd depth
And harmony of planet-girded suns
And moon-encircled planets, wheel in wheel,
Arch'd the wan sapphire. Nay--the hum of men,
Or other things talking in unknown tongues
And notes of busy life in distant worlds
Beat like a far wave on my anxious ear.
   --Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Timbuctoo," 1829

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  • File Size: 767 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ad Stellae Books (May 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084MUPB0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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