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Star struck : one thousand years of the art and science of astronomy
Brashear, Ronald, 1954-
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Publication Information:
San Marino [Calif.] : Huntington Library ; Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2001]

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165 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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QB15 .B67 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This work draws from the Huntington Library and the Jet Propulsion Library to document 1000 years of knowing, observing and exploring the universe. Included are images from medieval illuminated manuscripts, printed books, early photography, and views from JPL's satellites and the Hubble telescope.

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Star Struck: One Thousand Years of the Art and Science of Astronomy, Ronald Brashear and Daniel Lewis, curators of rare and historical manuscripts, present a history of astronomy replete with galactic maps, illustrated theories of lunar motion, a drawing of Tycho Brahe's "Star Castle," Hubble telescope images, and photographs of the moon's mountain ranges as well as many human luminaries. The beautiful reproductions of artistic and scientific works and the intelligent historical overview will be a joy for professional and lay astronomers. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-This gorgeous title includes the finest in scientific writing, illustrating (more than 150 pictures), and publishing, spanning the earliest copied books to images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Put together by curators from the Smithsonian's Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology and from the Huntington Library, the book is divided into sections on representing the heavens, technologies of observation, and encounters with the planets and outer-space phenomena. Many of the visuals are reproduced as full-page images, making it easier to appreciate the complexity and craftsmanship of early bookmaking, hand illustration, and printing, and also making the original languages of the volumes evident. Although the text is an in-depth overview of astronomy, the out-of-this-world pictures make this book a great introduction to the discipline with particular appeal to nonscientists or science-wary readers.-Sheryl Fowler, Chantilly Regional Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Though many introductory books and popularizations cover the historical development of astronomy, this reviewer is unaware of any that do what this book does. Brashear (Smithsonian), Lewis (Huntington Library), and Gingerich (Harvard) trace the history of astronomy from Ptolemy forward by presenting full-color plates of preserved documents. This may at first sound like nothing more than an attractive reference, but it is more. For instance, this reviewer was struck by the documentation of Tycho Brahe's work. Included here are impressive sketches and engravings of his elaborate observatory castle, his instruments, and his writings. This book has three major sections. In the first, "Representing the Heavens," models of the universe are presented. Some of these are quite unusual, and the details of the plates show the dedication and intricacies of the models. The second section, "Technologies of Observing," looks at astrolabes, globes, telescopes, and other instruments of astronomy. Again, the details of the plates help one appreciate the work performed. The last section, "Encountering the Universe," looks at the observations made of celestial objects. It includes many modern photographs, which help one appreciate the progress made in observation as well as the objects themselves. A beautiful book to be enjoyed by anyone interested in astronomy or history. All levels. E. Kincanon Gonzaga University