A Great Man of Astronomy

An Appraisal of the Works of Sir Patrick Moore

by Francis Andrew



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/30/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 628
ISBN : 9781698713960
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 628
ISBN : 9781698713953
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 628
ISBN : 9781698713977

About the Book

Is this a book that you would read from cover to cover? The simple answer is no! It is a book that the reader would dip into every now and again to get the flavour of one of Sir Patrick's works. There is an appraisal of each of Sir Patrick's works contained within it. This book constitutes the first of two, or perhaps three volumes of appraisals of Sir Patrick's books. Why have I found it necessary to spread out his works across two or three volumes? For two reasons basically: firstly, Sir Patrick wrote around 200 books throughout his long life; secondly is the issue of book availability; all of Sir Patrick's books are now out of print, and, the earlier ones mostly, are only sporadically available from antiquarian booksellers. It is a great honour for me to have this first volume ready for publication for the centenary year of Sir Patrick's birth in 2023.

About the Author

I have undertaken to write up appraisals on Sir Patrick Moore's works. It was mainly due to him and to his television programme, 'The Sky at Night' that my interest in astronomy was enkindled. Like Sir Patrick, I am also an amateur when it comes to astronomy, but in Sir Patrick's case, his claiming to be such was an exercise in his usual modesty, whereas I really and truly am an amateur. Nevertheless, astronomy has always interested me. The childhood fascination I gained for the subject has never left me, and listening to that enthusiasm with which 'Mr. Astronomy' himself spoke upon the subject all throughout his life, ensured that the fires of my own enthusiasm never died out.