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Archived Book Reviews

This is an archival page, listing book reviews which appeared in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association prior to 2014. It is no longer updated; you can find more recent book reviews here.

Stargazing for Dummies by Steve Owens,
Wiley, 2013. ISBN 978-11184-1156-8. Pp 332, £12.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Bob Mizon Order from Amazon
Heart of Darkness: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Invisible Universe by Jeremiah P. Ostriker & Simon Mitton,
Princeton University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-691-13430-7. Pp xxi + 299, £19.95 (hbk).
Reviewed by Rosalind Armson Order from Amazon
Observing the Solar System: The modern astronomer’s guide by Gerald North,
Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-521-89751-8. Pp xvi + 489, £30 (hbk).
Reviewed by John Chuter Order from Amazon
Are we being watched? : The search for life in the cosmos by Paul Murdin,
Thames & Hudson, 2013. ISBN 978-0-500-516713. Pp 224, £16.95 (hbk).
Reviewed by Roger O’Brien Order from Amazon
Near-Earth Objects: Finding them before they find us by Donald K. Yeomans,
Princeton University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-691-14929-5. Pp xiv + 172, £16.95 (hbk).
Reviewed by Richard Miles Order from Amazon
Grating Spectroscopes and How to Use Them by Ken M. Harrison,
Springer (Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series), 2012. ISBN 978-1-4614-1396-7. Pp xvii + 167, £31.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by David Arditti Order from Amazon
The Star Atlas Companion: What you need to know about the Constellations by Philip M. Bagnall,
Springer-Praxis, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4614-0829-1. Pp ix + 486, £40.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Roger Pickard Order from Amazon
How to build a habitable planet (2nd edn.) by Charles H. Langmuir & Wally Broeker,
Princeton University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0691-14006-3. Pp 718+xvi, £27.95 (hbk).
Reviewed by David Rothery Order from Amazon
How to observe the Sun safely (2nd edn.) by Lee Macdonald,
Springer, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4614-3824-3. Pp 214, £31.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Lyn Smith Order from Amazon
Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black Holes by Caleb Scharf,
Allen Lane, 2012. ISBN 978-1-846-14533-9. Pp 252, £20 (hbk).
Reviewed by Roger O’Brien Order from Amazon
Stargazers' Almanac: a Monthly Guide to the Stars and Planets 2013 by Bob Mizon,
Floris Books, 2012. ISBN 978-086315-889-6. Pp 32, £14.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Ann Davies Order from Amazon
The Star Book - How to understand Astronomy by Peter Grego,
David & Charles, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4463-0239-2. Pp 160, £12.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Bob Mizon Order from Amazon
Venus Seen on the Sun: the first observation of a transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks by Wilbur Applebaum,
Brill History of Science & Medicine Library, 2012. ISBN 978-90042-21932, Pp. xxiv + 82, £85.54 (hbk).
Reviewed by David Sellers Order from Amazon
The Construction of the Heavens: William Herschel's Cosmology by Michael Hoskin,
Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-107-01838-9. Pp viii + 205, £65 (hbk).
Reviewed by Mike Frost Order from Amazon
Exoplanets: Finding, exploring, and understanding alien worlds by Chris Kitchin,
Springer, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4614-0643-3. Pp xvi + 281, £26.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Richard Miles Order from Amazon
Exploring Mars: Chronicles from a Decade of Discovery by Scott Hubbard,
University of Arizona Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-8165-2896-7. Pp xx + 194, $17.95 (pbk).
Reviewed by Richard McKim Order from Amazon
Patrick Moore’s Yearbook of Astronomy 2012 by Patrick Moore & John Mason,
PanMacmillan, 2011. ISBN 978-0-230-75984-8. Pp xii + 474, £20.00 (hbk).
Reviewed by Martin Mobberley Order from Amazon
Transit of Venus: 1631 to the present by Nick Lomb
New South Publishing, 2011. ISBN 9-7811742-232690. Pp 228, £47.95 (hbk).
Reviewed by Mike Frost Order from Amazon
The casual sky observer’s guide by Rony de Laet
Springer, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4614-0594-8. Pp xiv + 292, £35.99 (A5 format, pbk).
Reviewed by Geoffrey Johnstone Order from Amazon
The chemical cosmos - a guided tour by Steve Miller
Springer, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4419-8443-2. Pp xii + 236, £26.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Roger O’Brien Order from Amazon
Exoplanets by by Sara Seager (Ed), assisted by Renée Dotson, with 34 collaborating authors
University of Arizona Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8165-2945-2. 282, Pp xviii + 526, $35 (hbk).
Reviewed by Richard Miles Order from Amazon
The complete guide to the Herschel Objects: Sir William Herschel’s star clusters, nebulae and galaxies by Mark Bratton
Cambridge University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-521-76892-4. Pp xiii + 584, £45.00 (hbk).
Reviewed by Nick Hewitt Order from Amazon
Mapping the Universe: the interactive history of astronomy by Paul Murdin
Carlton Books, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84732-885-4. Pp 124, £30.00 (hbk).
Reviewed by Bill Leatherbarrow Order from Amazon
Deep Sky Companions: The Secret Deep by Stephen J. O’Meara
Cambridge University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-521-19876-9. Pp xiii + 483, £29.00 (hbk).
Reviewed by Owen Brazell Order from Amazon
Stargazers’ Almanac 2012: Monthly guide to the stars and planets by Bob Mizon
Floris Books, 2010. ISBN 978-086315-817-9. A3 size opening to A2 size with metal-tagged eyelet (pbk).
Reviewed by Ann Davies Order from Amazon
Strange New Worlds: The search for alien planets and life beyond our solar system by Ray Jayawardhana
Princeton University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-691-14254-8. Pp 255, £16.95 (hbk).
Reviewed by Richard Miles Order from Amazon
Amateur radio astronomy (2nd edn) by John Fielding
Radio Society of Great Britain, 2011. ISBN 978-1-905-08667-2. pp 375, £16.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Paul Hyde Order from Amazon
The Cambridge atlas of Herschel Objects by James Mullaney & Wil Tirion
Cambridge University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-521-13817-8. pp v + 183, £27.99 (pbk, spiral bound).
Reviewed by Stewart Moore Order from Amazon
Discoverers of the Universe: William and Caroline Herschel by Michael Hoskin
Princeton University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-691-14833-5. Pp xvi + 237, £20.95 (hbk).
Reviewed by Jacqueline Mitton Order from Amazon
Galileo and 400 years of telescopic astronomy by Peter Grego & David Mannion
Springer, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4419-5570-8. Pp. ix + 300, £27.50 (pbk).
Reviewed by Mike Frost Order from Amazon
Asteroids and dwarf planets and how to observe them by Roger Dymock
Springer, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4419-6438-0. Pp. xiii + 248, £27.50 (pbk, available from BAA Sales).
Reviewed by Ted Bowell Order from Amazon
Cosmic Challenge: The ultimate observing list for amateurs by Philip S. Harrington
Cambridge University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0521-89936-9. pp xi + 469, £27.50 (hbk).
Reviewed by Callum Potter Order from Amazon
Cometography: a catalog of comets. Vol.5: 1690-1982 by Gary W. Kronk & Maik Meyer
Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0521-872263. pp xi + 820, £130.00 (hbk).
Reviewed by Jonathan Shanklin Order from Amazon
Europa by R. T. Pappalardo et al.
University of Arizona Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-816-528448. pp 720, £65.00 (hbk).
Reviewed by John H. Rogers Order from Amazon
Observing and cataloguing nebulae and star clusters by Wolfgang Steinicke
Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-19267-5. Pp xii + 648, £90 (hbk.)
Reviewed by Lee Macdonald Order from Amazon
Pluto - sentinel of the outer solar system by Barrie W. Jones
Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-19436-5. pp 231 + xii, £25.00 (hbk).
Reviewed by Richard Miles Order from Amazon
The life of stars by Giora Shaviv
Springer, 2009. ISBN 978-3-642-02087-2. pp 504, £89.99 (hbk).
Reviewed by Roger Pickard Order from Amazon
The Big Questions: The Universe by Stuart Clark
Quercus Books, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84916-238-8. pp 208, £12.99 (hbk).
Reviewed by Steve Owens Order from Amazon
The scientific exploration of Mars by Fredric W. Taylor
Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-82956-4. pp xiii+348, £30.00 (hbk).
Reviewed by Bill Leatherbarrow Order from Amazon
Deep-sky video astronomy by Steve Massey & Steve Quirk
Springer-Verlag, 2009. ISBN 978-0-387-87611-5. Pp xvi + 185, £22.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Andrew Elliott Order from Amazon
Mathematical Astronomy Morsels V by Jean Meeus
Willmann-Bell Inc (www.willbell.com), 2009. ISBN 987-0-943396-92-7. Pp 373, $29.95 (hbk).
Reviewed by Sheridan Williams
The search for life continued - Planets around other stars by Barrie W. Jones
Springer–Praxis, 2009. ISBN 978-0-387-76557-0. Pp xvii + 277, £19.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Mike Foulkes Order from Amazon
Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos by Paul Murdin
Thames & Hudson, 2009. ISBN 978-0-500-25155-3. Pp 341, £24.95 (hbk).
Reviewed by Lee Macdonald Order from Amazon
The Caldwell Objects and how to observe them by Martin Mobberley
Springer-Verlag, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4419-0325-9. pp xiv+273, £24.99 (pbk).
Reviewed by Gordon Rogers Order from Amazon