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The Heavens and the Universe

Nature volume 128, page 244 (15 August 1931) | Download Citation



This book has been written by a star-lover for starlovers. It is couched in simple, conversational language, suitable for the earnest but not very learned mind. The author has for many years been accustomed to conducting night excursions into the woods near Vienna for the purpose of observing and studying the heavens, and he here tries to extend the usefulness of his talks to a wider circle. He has done very well. The book will appeal to the many persons whose interest in the sky will always be primarily a sentimental one, but who, nevertheless, feel a desire to know something of what the astronomer by his cold, intellectual inquiry has been able to discover. Prof. Thomas tells him this in a way which he will appreciate; the style is humane without undue preciosity. Anecdotes are common and usually to the point, and the illustrations have been successfully conceived.

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