In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses

In the Shadow of the Moon The Science Magic and Mystery of Solar Eclipses In anticipation of solar eclipses visible in and an exploration of the scientific and cultural significance of this mesmerizing cosmic display Since the first humans looked up and saw the s

  • Title: In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses
  • Author: Anthony Aveni
  • ISBN: 9780300223194
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses

    In anticipation of solar eclipses visible in 2017 and 2024, an exploration of the scientific and cultural significance of this mesmerizing cosmic display Since the first humans looked up and saw the sun swallowed by darkness, our species has been captivated by solar eclipses Astronomer and anthropologist Anthony Aveni explains the history and culture surrounding solar eclIn anticipation of solar eclipses visible in 2017 and 2024, an exploration of the scientific and cultural significance of this mesmerizing cosmic display Since the first humans looked up and saw the sun swallowed by darkness, our species has been captivated by solar eclipses Astronomer and anthropologist Anthony Aveni explains the history and culture surrounding solar eclipses, from prehistoric Stonehenge to Babylonian creation myths, to a confirmation of Einstein s theory of general relativity, to a spectacle that left New Yorkers in the moon s shadow, to future eclipses that will capture human imaginations In one accessible and engaging read, Aveni explains the science behind the phenomenon, tracks eclipses across the ancient world, and examines the roles of solar eclipses in modern times to reveal the profound effects these cosmic events have had on human history Colored by his own experiences Aveni has witnessed eight total solar eclipses in his lifetime his account of astronomy s most storied phenomenon will enthrall anyone who has looked up at the sky with wonder.

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    One thought on “In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses

    1. Vivian

      AUGUST 21ST 2017 IS THE ECLIPSE IN THE US. NASA has some great INFORMATION and an APP/WEB SIMULATION This work represents an extensive overview of world recollections of eclipses from oral, pictorial and written accounts. It explains the mechanics, the science of the events, but the focus is the experience as seen through the ages and across the varying cultures. Stylistically conversational, it is geared towards laypeople, and written to be intersectional combining: religion, astronomy, mytholo [...]

    2. Owlseyes

      Looking forward to the 21st of August, a total solar eclipse, I think I need to read this book. Why so much frenzy and preparation and expectation? I wonder. Solar events have meaning. So lunar ones.(Astronomy magazine)(Astronomy magazine)"These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us. Though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself scourged by the sequent effects. Love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide, in cities mutinies, in countries [...]

    3. Cat

      This was timely! In just a couple more weeks there will be solar eclipse seen her in parts of the US! This is a great book to read before the event. Lots of info on how and when eclipses occur, how various cultures around the planet have viewed eclipses through history, and how they are viewed today. I just learned that NASA is recruiting people along the eclipse path this year to take note of the temperature for a study. I wish I was going to see the total eclipse, I'd participate in a heartbea [...]

    4. Karen Christino

      In the Shadow of the Moon is about not only eclipses, but also the people who study them. The author eloquently shares his own eclipse viewing experiences and presents others who’ve captured the spectacle in words. We learn about predicting eclipses through the centuries, from Stonehenge to Babylon, the ancient Greeks, Chinese and Maya, with detailed accounts of eclipse expeditions in the U.S. and abroad in more recent times. Full of insight and wit, Anthony Aveni’s eclipse book is part scie [...]

    5. C.A. Craven

      (I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway.)I have always been interested in astronomy, so I was looking forward to a book on eclipses. And this book does a great job, giving enough information to understand past and current events, without overwhelming an amateur stargazer with too much science-talk. It was a good overview of historical eclipses and records, moving to recent ones. The notes are in appendix form, not footnotes as I would prefer, and it was mostly written in a third-person historia [...]

    6. Jim

      I won this book as a contestant. I found this book to be an interesting mesh between past historical cultures and present society and how they viewed eclipses. The part of the book that studies how animals react to eclipses and in some cases not react at all very interesting. The book made me look back in my childhood and remember the few eclipses that I witnessed. I think I will never look at an eclipse again in the same way after reading this book. (And I don't mean without proper eye protect [...]

    7. Leanne

      Written by an astronomer who also holds an appointment in his university's department of anthropology, this book is really interesting not just about ancient and modern astronomy, but also about culture. John Dvorak's Mask of the Moon is similar to this book and I might recommend that one over Aveni's because it is so great on ancient Chinese astronomy. It was also less quirky and more wide-ranging. But that said, I'd like to read the author's book on time next!

    8. John

      Very thorough explanation of how solar eclipses occur and how different cultures viewed them throughout history. The eclipses of the last 200 years in the states get a thorough detailing as well. An important book for someone looking to get a thorough education in solar eclipses.

    9. Tracey

      The content was mostly interesting, but there was a few too many tangents that could have been cut out. And why didn't he just show the math for predicting eclipses instead of describing it!

    10. Charlene

      Intriguing look at the anthropology behind solar eclipses: the watchers themselves, and our historic fascination and fears of one of the impressive astronomical events visible from Earth.

    11. Bridgett Brown

      This was a pretty cool book. It shows how animals react to eclipses. Also how past historical cultures and our present society viewed them. I was interested in this book because of Stonehenge. I won this book in a giveaway.

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