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"Lives of the Planets" Richard Corfield
« : 16.01.08 at 12:41 »
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Chapter 7 of this book - by one of our number I believe - is called, with a deliberate appreciative nod in the direction of Clive James and Pete Atkin,  The Eye of the Universe: Jupiter. The reasons for giving it that title are spelt out in the Acknowledgments section (pp 251-252) of the book.
 

 
The Space Review
Review: Lives of the Planets
by Jeff Foust
Monday, January 7, 2008
Lives of the Planets: A Natural History of the Solar System
by Richard Corfield
Basic Books, 2007
hardcover, 268 pp., illus.
ISBN 978-0-465-01403-3
US$27.50
 
There have been countless books written over the years about the solar system, which makes it difficult for new authors to have their efforts stand apart. Certainly, the pace of discoveries throughout the solar system leaves writers with no shortage of new materials for their books, but the structure of many books remains the same: a chapter for each planet, plus sections on asteroids, comets, and other miscellaneous features of the solar system. Is there a way to break that mold and provide a little different review of the solar system? That’s the attempt made by Richard Corfield in the book Lives of the Planets.......[continue reading]

 
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Re: "Lives of the Planets" Richard Corfi
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Ahem, yes that was me. For aficionados there are the customary few, deeply buried, quotes from the songs in the text. Hope you like it. All best, Richard
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