With her blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel used her rare and luminous gift for weaving difficult scientific concepts into a compelling story to garner rave reviews and attract readers from across the literary spectrum. Now, in The Planets, Sobel... show more
With her blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel used her rare and luminous gift for weaving difficult scientific concepts into a compelling story to garner rave reviews and attract readers from across the literary spectrum. Now, in The Planets, Sobel brings her full talents to bear on what is perhaps her most ambitious subject to date—the planets of our solar system. The sun’s family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets’ origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. A perfect gift and a captivating journey, The Planets is a gorgeously illustrated study of our place in the universe that will mesmerize everyone who has ever gazed with awe at our night sky. Watch a Windows Media trailer for this book. Watch a Quicktime trailer for this book.
Publish date: October 11th 2005
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 270
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Book Club
, Popular Science
, Science Nature
Eh. 2.5 stars or so for me, meaning "it was okay", as goodreads indicates. There's nothing really new here, and the writing styles (varying greatly from planet to planet) are self-indulgent. The author is playing around with ideas, using as many dramatic verbs as possible, trying out personificat...
A lot of people love her prose style, but I didn't enjoy it. Some authors can blend personal reflections with non-fiction; I didn't think Sobel pulled it off. This would be a good introduction to the solar system for someone who isn't very familiar with it. In the absence of enjoyable writing, there...
Sobel does a good job of integrating science, mythology, history, and literature in this informal overview of the solar system. While educational, Sobel's style is quite readable. I found this book difficult to put down, and would definitely recommend it.
This is a nice pleasant book to read, but I don't think it is the author's best. I found Longitude and Galileo's Daughter to be better books overall. Part of the reason that I did not think as much of the book is the chapter on Uranus and Neptune where she uses a long letter as the way to carry the ...
I rather enjoyed this little book! It explains the planets and solar system in everyday language while drawing on history, myth, science fiction, art, literature which makes what could be dry, boring material come to life and enjoyable to read. There is nothing earth shattering in the info covered i...