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Starry Messenger (1997 Caldecott Honor Book), by Peter Sis


The story of Galileo is at once inspiring and troubling. The brilliant astronomer was a celebrated scientist who was showered with honors and patronage until his greatest discovery, that the earth circled the sun rather than the other way around, proved to be too much of a threat to prevailing orthodoxy. Peter Sis, author of the wonderful children's book Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus, tells Galileo's tale for children aged 6 and older. A brilliant and sophisticated illustrator and a sensitive storyteller, he traces Galileo's life from childhood to his final days as a prisoner of the church. [review, amazon.com]
A Man on the Moon : The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, by Andrew Chaikin, Tom Hanks

A decade in the making, this book is based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with each of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who contributed their brain power, training and teamwork on Earth. In his preface Chaikin writes, "We touched the face of another world and became a people without limits."

What follows are thrilling accounts of such remarkable experiences as the rush of a liftoff, the heart-stopping touchdown on the moon, the final hurdle of re-entry, competition for a seat on a moon flight, the tragic spacecraft fire, and the search for clues to the origin of the solar system on the slopes of lunar mountains. [review, amazon.com]

A Brief History of Time : From the Big Bang to Black Holes, by Stephen W. Hawking, Carl Sagan, Ron Miller

Was there a beginning of time? Will there be an end? In this landmark volume, Professor Hawking shares his blazing intellect with nonscientists everywhere, guiding us to confront the supreme questions of the nature of time and the universe. Hawking, who has earned an international reputation as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein, shares the story of his ultimate quest for knowledge. [synopsis, amazon.com]
Why Aren't Black Holes Black? : The Unanswered Questions at the Frontiers of Science, by Robert M. Hazen, Maxine Singer, Stephen Jay Gould

In the bestselling tradition of Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise, two renowned scientists take readers behind the scenes, into the worlds of chemistry, physics, earth science, and biochemistry, to explore the unanswered questions of science--and the relentless, coordinated efforts to bring those secrets to light. [synopsis, amazon.com]
Stairways to the Stars : Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures, by Anthony F. Aveni

The Shape of Space, by Jeffrey R. Weeks



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