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Bob Berman is a leading astronomy writer and the author of Zoom and The Sun's Heartbeat. He contributed the popular `Night Watchman' column for Discover for seventeen years and is currently a columnist for Astronomy, a host on Northeast Public Radio and science editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac. He lives in Willow, New York.


`A fascinating and entertaining book for anyone curious about the seen and unseen world of electromagnetism.' * BBC Sky at Night *
`A rip-roaring ride along the electromagnetic highway. Inspiring and insightful.' -- Colin Stuart, author of The Big Questions in Science
`The narrative is briskly conversational: we're on the porch, shooting the breeze with a knowledgeable neighbour. Mr. Berman's avowed goal in writing this book, he says, was "to open a window onto the enormous universe of omnipresent energies". Once that window is thrown open, it is hard to look at the world the same way.' * Wall Street Journal *
`Nimbly busts common myths... Erudite but never stuffy, Berman writes with enthusiasm and clarity, making this an informative and digestible read for the science-curious.' * Booklist *
`Captivating...fear not the long-winded scientific discourse: Berman zings through historical and scientific adventures.' * American Scholar *
`[Berman is] an unfailingly congenial explainer, always ready with the kinds of fascinating facts his readers might have missed in school.' * Christian Science Monitor *
`An enthusiastic account... deftly separates fact from myths about cell-phones, brain scans, and other sources of radiation.' * Kirkus *
`Astronomy writer Berman runs through a fascinating history of the rainbow's invisible bands in this breezy, accessible read... In the style of a favorite professor, Berman injects bits of odd humor and captivating tangents into this complex but familiar topic.' * Publishers Weekly *
`Like any good pop science book, along the way Zapped offers an endless series of tidbits, from how GPS works to how a software glitch led to the worst incident of radiation poisoning from a medical device (the notorious Therac-25).' * New Republic *
`[Berman] excels at making complex concepts accessible for lay readers...this is a great option for those curious about history, theories, and function of everyday things.' * Library Journal *
`Explaining light using anecdotal history and colloquial explication, Zapped makes entertaining sense out of what could be dry maths and physics.' * Shelf Awareness *

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