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Star Tales - Ian Ridpath

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posted on Aug, 30 2016 @ 06:03 PM
I just read a fantastic little book about constellations, i had that interest when i grew up.. But like some, my family said; " Looking at the stars wont bring food on your table.." So i gave up on my dream until a couple of years ago, when my studies took me to the heavens once more..

The book is called Star Tales by Ian Ridpath and the introduction goes like this;

Every night, a pageant of Greek mythology circles overhead. Perseus flies to the rescue of Andromeda, Orion faces the charge of the snorting Bull, and the ship of the Argonauts sails in search of the Golden Fleece. Constellations are the invention of the human imagination, not of nature. They are an expression of the human desire to impress its own order upon the apparent chaos of the night sky. Modern science tells us that these twinkling points of light are glowing balls of gas, but the ancient Greeks, to whom we owe many of our constellations, knew nothing of this. Ian Ridpath, well-known astronomy writer and broadcaster, has been intrigued by the myths of the stars for many years. Star Tales is the first modern guide to combine all the fascinating myths in one book, illustrated with the beautiful and evocative engravings from two of the leading star atlases: Johann Bode's Uranographia of 1801 and John Flamsteed's Atlas Ceolestis of 1729. This is an excellent reference and the perfect gift for the armchair astronomer and those interested in classical mythology alike.

The book was a fantastic work of a persons dedication for history, to my surprise i realized that i stood on the shoulder of a giant, a man who dedicated his life to researching our past..

If you dont want to read the book, this is a lecture by the very same man.

Website - Ian Ridpath
Amazon - Star Tales


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