Lists of available reviews of books on astronomy

PRINCIPAL
AUTHOR
TITLE
(Linked to review)
RATING
(0-5)
REVIEW
DATE
ONE-LINE
DESCRIPTION
Bova, Ben Faint Echoes, Distant Stars 4.5 12/07/2004 A competent overview of the search for life beyond Earth, now expanded to include the new science of astrobiology.
Chapman, Clark R. Cosmic Catastrophes 5.0 7/21/2002 No-nonsense but non-alarmist evaluation of the many ways the universe might do us hurt — with some science history thrown in for good measure
Chown, Marcus The Magic Furnace 5.0 5/24/2004 A fascinating account of the multiple scientific discoveries that taught us how the star-stuff of which we are made came to be
Gutsch, William A. The Search for Extraterrestrial Life 5.0 5/07/1996 This book by Hayden Planetarium director Gutsch is a good introduction to the subject for children.
Hawking, Stephen W. A Brief History of Time 5.0 1/12/2003 Professor Hawking's classic layman's introduction to black holes, the Big Bang, and cosmology in general
Hawking, Stephen W. A Briefer History of Time 5.0 1/12/2006 An admirable update of the 1988 classic.
Heintze, Carl Search Among the Stars 5.0 3/09/1997 This book on astronomy and SETI is part of the van Nostrand series for children.
Impey, Chris The Living Cosmos 5.0 2/18/2012 In these 393 pages, Dr. Impey provides a richly detailed and well illustrated exposition of the several topics that make up the burgeoning field of astrobiology.
Kitchin, C. R. Journeys to the Ends of the Universe 5.0 6/29/2003 A well-written popular treatment of astrophysical cosmology, but somewhat more technical than most
Lewis, John S. Worlds Without End 5.0 6/02/2000 New science shows us many planets around nearby stars. What does this mean for extraterrestrial life?
Peterson, Ivars Newton's Clock 5.0 3/22/1995 Chaos reigns in the solar system!
Plait, Philip Death from the Skies! 5.0 5/15/2016 Doctor Plait provides a thorough — and thoroughly non-alarmist — compendium of potentially dangerous cosmic phenomena.
Rees, Martin Our Cosmic Habitat 4.5 2/16/2002 Describes the concept of multiple universes, and speculates that we may soon be able to devise experimental ways of testing this mind-blowing idea.
Steel, Duncan Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets 4.5 2/13/1997 An Aussie astronomer describes the potential problem of these bodies colliding with Earth — and the underfunded efforts to detect them.
Webb, Stephen Where is Everybody? 5.0 2/26/2004 Physicist Webb has done mighty research and created a thorough analysis of the Fermi Paradox and many of its possible solutions. Recommended, even if his conclusion is a downer.
Quality Ranges for Book Reviews
The books are rated from 0 to 5 in increments of 0.5. Colors represent the following quality ranges:
4.0 to 5.0 Quality: HIGH (Color = Aqua) Competent to exceptional; well worth the money
2.0 to 3.5 Quality: FAIR (Color = Lime) Useful despite some flaws; may or may not be worth buying.
0.5 to 1.5 Quality: POOR (Color = Yellow) Seriously flawed; read it if you wish, but don't buy it.
0.0 to 0.0 Quality: YUCK (Color = Fuchsia) Avoid this book at all costs!
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