Mask of the Sun

Mask of the Sun

The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition
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What do Virginia Woolf, the rotation of hurricanes, Babylonian kings and Einstein's General Theory of Relativity all have in common? Eclipses. Always spectacular and, today, precisely predicable, eclipses have allowed us to know when the first Olympic games were played and, long before the first space probe, that the Moon was covered by dust. Eclipses are a amazing phenomena -- unique to Earth -- that have provided the key to much of what we now know and understand about the sun, our moon, gravity, and the workings of the universe.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : 2017. Center Point Large Print,
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781683244028
Branch Call Number: LT 523.7809 DVOR
Characteristics: 432 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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Sep 06, 2017

This is the eclipse book for someone who prefers detail and research to storytelling. Dvorak starts each chapter with a specific look into the eclipse, but is able to expand that one chapter to include history, folklore, and science. While looking up at the skies can seem like a very personal experience, Dvorak's writing tells us that people have always been looking at the skies. While our reasons may be different, we're all still looking up.

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