A fascinating, award-winning book by a master of popular science writing. Written with an obvious love for the material, Seeing in the Dark probes most aspects of this science to some but hobby to many. End-of-chapter vignettes of aficionados only add to the warmth of the text, and appendixes covering (among other things) observation techniques, Messier objects and star maps, as well as a 19-page glossary (highly browsable in its own right) make this a book that will be cherished by amateur astronomers for years to come.
In Seeing in the Dark, a poetic love letter to science and to the skies, Timothy Ferris invites us all to become stargazers. He recounts his own experiences as an enthralled lifelong amateur astronomer and reports from around the globe -- from England and Italy to the Florida Keys and the Chilean Andes -- on the revolution that's putting millions in touch with the night sky. In addition, Ferris offers an authoritative and engaging report on what's out there to be seen -- what Saturn, the Ring nebula, the Silver Coin galaxy, and the Virgo supercluster really are and how to find them. The appendix includes star charts, observing lists, and a guide on how to get involved in astronomy.
Ferris takes us inside a major revolution sweeping astronomy, as lone amateur astronomers, in global networks linked by the Internet, make important discoveries that are the envy of the professionals. His ability to describe the wonders of the universe is simply magical, and his enthusiasm for his subject is irresistible.
The Washington Post Entrancing and beautifully written, this latest work by Ferris, the writer laureate of astronomy, will be treasured by generations of stargazers to come.
The New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice: One of the year's best books.
The New York Times Book Review This is a beautiful book....Seeing in the Dark is even more delightful and successful because Ferris has so artfully pinned its organization to the human experiences of observers past and present.
Discover Ferris takes readers on a grand tour of the known universe, from nearby planets to distant galaxies, in a sweeping, elegantly composed narrative rich with historic and scientific detail.
Entertainment Weekly If it's his skills as a scholar that allow Ferris to present amateur astronomy as lively and exciting, then it's his gift for expressive prose that makes these nocturnal pursuits seem gripping and romantic.
Scientific American A delightful look back down the telescopes of some of the world's most accomplished citizen astronomers....A refreshing perspective.