Astronomers' Universe

Wacky and Wonderful Misconceptions About Our Universe

Authors: Kirby, Geoffrey

  • Provides a unique compendium of odd astronomical and cosmological theories, covering lesser known but equally entertaining stories
  • Offers a lighthearted, easy-to-understand look into the history of astronomical and scientific thought throughout the ages, requiring no prior background in astronomy
  • Includes over 100 photographs and diagrams to illustrate key concepts and misconceptions covered by the text
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About this book

From unicorns on the Moon to UFOs piloted by Martian bees, this book chronicles some of the strangest ideas that have been put forward – and have actually been believed in -- about our Solar System. Drawn from tales dating from the Middle Ages to the present, this collection of stories takes readers on an imaginative and wild ride through the ages and minds of some of the wackiest, tackiest, most outlandish concepts in astronomy, cosmology and physics. Follow along as Geoff Kirby recounts each quirky idea in detail and explains how these theories fare against modern astronomical research and technologies.

About the authors

Geoff Kirby holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Environmental Sciences. His career was in Oceanography, specifically concerning the interactions between the atmosphere and oceans that drive important aspects of climate change. 
Kirby’s interest in astronomy began while living in London during World War II. The “Blackout” precautions against enemy bombers provided the intensely dark skies that originally enabled him to see the heavens in spectacular detail. In the 1950s, he began making astronomical telescopes, and over subsequent decades gained minor fame for his observations of the Moon, Planets, Variable Stars and Artificial Satellites. His work has been featured in several international astronomical journals, while his autobiography, An Amateur Astronomer’s Life: Seven Decades of Enthusiasm for the Heavens, was published in 2016.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kirby, Geoffrey

    Pages 1-20

  • The Sun and Its Solar System: A Sexy Musical Pool Game?

    Kirby, Geoffrey

    Pages 21-53

  • Our Three Wacky Inner Planets: Imaginary, Delusionary and Inhabited

    Kirby, Geoffrey

    Pages 55-78

  • Earth: Flat, Hollow or Inside Out?

    Kirby, Geoffrey

    Pages 79-96

  • Our Moon: Inhabited, Small and Icy

    Kirby, Geoffrey

    Pages 97-126

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73022-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73021-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wacky and Wonderful Misconceptions About Our Universe
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73022-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73022-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-73021-9
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 258
Number of Illustrations and Tables
78 b/w illustrations, 50 illustrations in colour
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