The Wonderful Universe

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    To the class of readers which finds pleasure in being oppressed and bewildered with information as to the “wondrous far distances,” and especially to the members of it possessing a sentimental bias, Miss Giberne's book will successfully appeal. Among the titles of the eleven chapters are “The Silver Moon,” “Fair Venus,” “Red Mars,” “Twin Giants,” and “Stars of Light.” What Miss Giberne has to say on these and other subjects comprised in her book can usually be depended upon; and, as might be inferred from the quoted titles, she aims at making her descriptions attractive. In the latter attempt, however, she is not altogether successful. A sprinkling of poetical extracts, a few lapses into the religious aspects of astronomy, some lugubrious humour, and a number of statements as to how long it would take to go to the moon and other places in an express train, make up much of Miss Giberne's latest volume. Still, the fact that the information can be trusted, and that it is very simple, is a recommendation.

    The Wonderful Universe.

    By Agnes Giberne. Pp. 128. (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1897.)

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    The Wonderful Universe. Nature 55, 246 (1897) doi:10.1038/055246b0

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