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Astronomy Books

The Sensorium of God
by Stuart Clark

Two of the leading characters in scientific history are Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke. They were contemporaries, although certainly their...

Miaow! Cats really are nicer than people!
by Patrick Moore

Putting astronomy aside for the moment, Patrick Moore uses his latest book to indulge another of his great passions - cats. This short, humorous...

The Story of Astronomy
by Heather Couper 
& Nigel Henbest

On 25 September 1608, the optician Hans Lippershey requested a patent from the States-General in The Hague. It was for “a certain device, by...

A Brief History Of The Universe
by JP McEvoy

The title puts you in mind of Stephen Hawking’s cosmology bestseller, but JP McEvoy’s book is a straight history of astronomy. It...

Stephen Hawking's Universe
by Discovery Channel

Over three episodes, Discovery Channel’s stunning CGI brings the knowledge of Prof Stephen Hawking to life. The famous physicist covers...

The Practical Astronomer
by Anton Vamplew & Will Gater

 Any book billing itself as a complete introduction to astronomy for absolute beginners must be pitched either at children, or those –...

The Big Questions: The Universe
by Stuart Clark

This attractive little book forms part of a philosophical series called The Big Questions from publisher Quercus. It seeks to provide the...

Hubble: A Journey Through Space And Time
by Edward J Weiler

Twenty years ago a telescope was launched into space that changed mankind’s perceptions of the Universe. Hubble was intended as a...

Space Conquest
by Francis Dreer

Haynes will forever be associated with insanely detailed vehicle servicing manuals, so news of a Haynes book on spaceflight had us drooling at the...

Moonshot
by Dan Parry

Maybe the problem with Apollo was that going to the Moon looked too easy. As Dan Parry recounts in Moonshot, a successful touchdown was...

Meteors And How To Observe Them
by Robert Lunsford

A little knowledge and clear skies is all you need to observe shooting stars. This latest addition to the Astronomers’ Observing Guides by...

by James Mullaney and 
Wil Tirion

The Cambridge Double Star Atlas is an accessible guide to these often-neglected night sky objects. James Mullaney covers the basic...

Carl Sagan's Cosmos
by Carl Sagan

In 1980, an astronomical phenomenon erupted onto our TV screens: Carl Sagan. The charismatic NASA scientist fronted an epic series of 13 hour-long...

The Universe
by Carlos I Calle

There are many books on cosmology aimed at a general audience. Unlike the majority, The Universe – Order Without Design explains...

by Evalyn Gates

Apologies to Evalyn Gates, but it would be wonderful if this book – subtitled 'The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe'...

The Bluffer's Guide To The Cosmos
by Daniel Hudon

This addition to the excellent Bluffer’s Guide series takes us on a whirlwind tour of the Universe. In the spirit of the series,...

Relativity: A Graphic Guide
by Bruce Bassett and
 Ralph Edney

You don’t have to delve deeply into gravity, black holes and cosmology to come across phrases like ‘curved space-time’. But what...

Capturing The Stars
by Robert Gendler

Subtitled 'Astrophotography By The Masters', this book celebrates the work of 35 astronomers, amateur and professional, who have perfected the art...