The Book of the Moon presents a delightfully written history of the Moon, detailing everything you’d ever want to know about our night light in the sky. The author, Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, has an almost mesmerizing way of discussing complicated scientific material. Her writing style makes the book an exciting, entertaining trip through the many facts and figures that make up the Moon. The book runs the gamut of topics, from the basics to its place in our culture to possible future colonization.
If you’re a commoner like me who doesn’t have a PhD in any scientific field, I’m sure you’ll learn a ton of new facts. The moon is something I’ve long taken for granted as it’s just kind of there and I wasn’t alive during the Moon hype of the 60s and 70s. In truth, it has a rich history, both scientifically and in relation to human culture. Most impressive to me were the groups of fives laid out in the cultural chapter. The author lists places, poems, folktales, art – all inspired by the Moon. Think about it for a minute and I’m sure you’ll come up with more songs, movies, or books than you’d expect.
Overall, this is a well-done compendium of Moon-related science, facts, and history. The writing style makes it accessible to everyone, and it’s quite impressive how easy the science rolls off the tongue. There’s a lot to learn about the cosmos and beginning with The Book of the Moon is a great start.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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