Bibliographic Details

Totality : eclipses of the sun / Mark Littmann, Fred Espenak, Ken Willcox.

Author / Creator Littmann, Mark, 1939-
Edition 3rd ed.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 341 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
Language English
Subject Solar eclipses.
SCIENCE -- Astronomy.
Solar eclipses.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format E-Resource, Book
URL for this record http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11187281
Other authors / contributors Espenak, Fred.
Willcox, Ken, 1943-
ISBN 9780191559709
0191559709
0199532095
9780199532094
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-333) and index.
Print version record.
Summary A total eclipse of the Sun is the most awesome sight in the heavens. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun takes you to eclipses of the past, present, and future, and lets you see - and feel - why people travel to the ends of the Earth to observe them. - ;A total eclipse of the Sun is the most awesome sight in the heavens. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun takes you to eclipses of the past, present, and future, and lets you see - and feel - why people travel to the ends of the Earth to observe them. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun is the best guide and reference book on solar eclipses ever written. It expla.
Other form Print version: Littmann, Mark, 1939- Totality. 3rd ed. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008 0199532095 9780199532094
Review by Choice Review

Some of the materal in this book is devoted to forecasting the appearance of the July 11, 1991, eclipse and so will soon be outdated, but the book is also one of the best available sources of information on total solar eclipses in general. Topics include the geometry of eclipses, eclipses in mythology, the anatomy of the sun, famous historical eclipses, the scientific uses of eclipses, eclipse photography, and the personal experience of viewing a total eclipse. The important topic of observing safety is covered especially well. There are several interesting short articles by eclipse veterans and a number of wonderful anecdotes. (Thomas Edison traveled to Wyoming to try out a new invention during the eclipse of July 1878, only to be frustrated at the moment of darkness when confused hens returned to the chicken coop where he had installed his telescope.) The drawings and photographs (many in color) are uniformly excellent, and there are extensive tables of data. Highly recommended for all libraries.-T. Barker, Wheaton College (MA)

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