Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets
In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most surreal of natural phenomena, once a fearsome omen, became a subject of scientific study and now a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures have interpreted these dramatic events. Eclipses became the key to understanding the workings of our cosmos; Greek philosophers used them to measure their world, Victorian scientists followed eclipses around the globe to deduce the workings of the sun, and modern-day physicists continue to use them to confirm Einstein's theory of relativity.
Hardcover, 239 pages