Werewolves and Wernher von Braun, Stonehenge and the sex lives of sea corals, aboriginal myths, and an Anglican bishop: In his new book, Moon, Bernd Brunner weaves variegated information into an enchanting glimpse of Earth’s closest celestial neighbor, whose mere presence inspires us to wonder what might be “out there.”Going beyond the discoveries of contemporary science,Werewolves and Wernher von Braun, Stonehenge and the sex lives of sea corals, aboriginal myths, and an Anglican bishop: In his new book, Moon, Bernd Brunner weaves variegated information into an enchanting glimpse of Earth’s closest celestial neighbor, whose mere presence inspires us to wonder what might be “out there.”Going beyond the discoveries of contemporary science, Brunner presents an unusual cultural assessment of our complex relationship with Earth’s lifeless, rocky satellite. As well as offering an engaging perspective on such age-old questions as “What would Earth be like without the moon?” Brunner surveys the moon’s mythical and religious significance and provokes existential soul-searching through a lunar lens, inquiring, “Forty years ago, the first man put his footprint on the moon. Will we continue to use it as the screen onto which we cast our hopes and fears?”Drawing on materials from different cultures and epochs, Brunner walks readers down a moonlit path illuminated by more than seventy-five vintage photographs and illustrations. From scientific discussions of the moon’s origins and its “chronobiological” effects on the mating and feeding habits of animals to an illuminating interpretation of Bishop Francis Godwin’s 1638 novel The Man in the Moone, Brunner’s ingenious and interdisciplinary explorations recast a familiar object in an entirely original and unforgettable light and will change the way we view the nighttime sky....
|Title||:||Moon: A Brief History|
|Number of Pages||:||290 Pages|
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Moon: A Brief History Reviews
This strikes me as a rather peculiar book in everything from shape, which is taller and more narrow than most hardback books, to tone, which is a fairly awkward combination of cultural history with a dash of science. Sometimes the cultural history and science are even jumbled together in the same chapter (admittedly, that did turn out to be my favorite chapter). Fortunately, it's a short read and there are tons of neat illustrations, so the weirdness goes down easy enough.All the usual topics - dare I call them the big three - are included 1) the moon is made of cheese (just kidding, that wasn't in there, but origin theories were) 2) the full moon causes crazy behavior in humans (sorry folks, no credible evidence shows any correlation let alone causation) 3) the moon landing was a hoax (lots of evidence about proving it wasn't). Lots of other topics were touched on too - if I were looking for suggested 19th century reading on the moon this would have been perfect - but since it's such a short book nothing was really investigated in depth. Except there was an entire chapter on Jules Vern. See? I told you it was peculiar.
How's this for damning with faint praise? Bernd Brunner's Moon, A Brief HIstory is a pleasantly boring read.I see that at least one other reader review has beat me to the term paper comparison, but that is what comes to mind. I had the impression of Brunner really reading up on his topic, dutifully putting all his factoids onto 3 x 5 cards, organizing them into a logical sequence, then writing his book.Not that that is such a bad thing. He has a lot of interesting information, he simply never pulls it together with any real style or particular wit. Some of it is new and interesting. Some of it is familiar -- it's surprising how much you learn on the science channel. Some of it just goes on too long, even for so brief a history.The best thing about his book is its design and layout. It is a nifty 8 x 5 inch trim size, and the more than 100 black and white illustrations come from interesting sources and range from thumbnail to full-page images.
This is an OK book - a quick read and some nice illustrations.As for the text, the author introduces themes and then doesn't really develop them (though, to be fair, the subtitle is A Brief History), as the previous reviewer says, it is rather Eurocentric and seems to dwell inordinately on attitudes towards the moon from the 1600s onwards. Yes, there is mention of ancient moon-lore, but this is often from the perspective of more recent times.Overall, it was interesting, but not as much so as it might have been.
A nice introduction to the history of man's relationship with the moon, in culture, folklore, and scientific history. I am a bit disappointed in how superficially the subject is covered, this is an introductory text for a general reader. It's a bit surprising that a university press would have released this. However, it does bring the reader in and encourage further exploration of the topic, the annotated bibliography is an excellent addition and I would like to see that in more scholarly works.
Extremely readable, this book suffers at the beginning from too many facts, and there is a sense of them just being included to show off how much the author knows. But once it gets going, the book really does give a sense of our relationship with the moon and the moon itself. It was a very quick read, and I'd recommend it from the library.
Bernd Brunner exhausted the moon references made by every culture, movie and writer. It was an example of a great project for a college student's final paper, but it lacked the control and flare of writing that captures your attention. The science information was interesting, but his looping of references and lack of development of any clear idea made it a tedious read.
A brisk, informative book which touches on science, history, mythology, and cultural meaning of our planet's satellite. It is beautifully illustrated with engravings and historical maps and other images. The material and voice are accessible and chock-full of information without ever being overwhelming for the lay reader. Recommended.
COCC QB581 .B78 2010
An enjoyable popular history of the moon.
ignore the hyper critics ... tons of moon fun facts in 27 minutes ... do it