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Chet Raymo is professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. A teacher, naturalist, and former science columnist for the Boston Globe, he is the author of many books including Honey from Stone, Climbing Brandon, and The Path.


Flowery meditations on the nighttime sky and various astronomical objects, by the author of 365 Starry Nights and The Crust of Our Earth . The book is heavily larded with animalian references, typified by ``the open mouths of the galactic black holes.'' Amid all the fluff is some astronomy and science history, but the book is overburdened with a heart-tugging subjectiveness that will endear it only to those who take their science in pablum form. Thomas E. Margrave, formerly with Physics & Astronomy Dept., Univ. of Montana, Missoula

YA A poetic and philosophical approach to astronomy. Raymo reveals the interconnections between the scientific bent, common curiosity and the vast expanse of the universe. Through insights into literature, mythology, religion, history and everyday experiences, the realm of the stars, galaxies, comets and other astronomical happenings become a more meaningful part of human existence. Woodcuts add to the beauty of this book. Readers who enjoy the work of Loren Eisley and Lewis Thomas will find this a thought-provoking book. Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School, Upper Marlboro, Md.

Originally published in 1985, astronomer Raymo's essays on the night sky explore the links between faith and reason. (Sept.)

Chet Raymo's book is for anyone who loves the music of words, the melodies of physics and the lyrics of a far-ranging and ingenious mind. Chet Raymo is one of my favorite writers for his wealth of imagery and the sheer pleasure of the writing -- Ann Zwinger, author of Run, River, Run Fascinating information about astronomy and ... cosmology... An attractive and informative backdrop for stargazing. The New York Times Poised between poetry and physics, faith and reason, Raymo turns out beautifully written essays in a style somewhere between Loren Eiseley and Lewis Thomas. He ponders the science of the galaxies. He ties microcosm to macrocosm, moving from a red-winged blackbird to a quasar seen through a back yard telescope. Publishers Weekly

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