The Planets is
Dava Sobel’s sweeping look at our heavenly galaxy. In the spirit of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Sobel once again brings science and history
deftly to life as she explores the origins of the planets and reveals the
exotic environments that exist in each of these fascinating alien worlds.
After the huge national and international success of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel tells the human story of the nine
planets of our solar system. The Planets
tells the story of each member of our solar family, from their discovery, both
mythic and historic, to the latest data from the modern era’s robotic space
probes. Whether revealing what hides behind Venus’ cocoon of acid clouds,
describing Jupiter’s “Technicolor lightning bolts and shimmering sheets of
auroras,” or capturing first-hand the excitement at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory when the first pictures from Voyager were beamed to earth, Dava Sobel’s
unique tour of the solar family is filled with fascination and poetry.
In lyrical prose The
Planets gives a breathtaking, close-up perspective on those heavenly bodies
that have captured the imagination of humanity since that first glimpse at the
glittering night skies. This is an extraordinary book of science, history,
biography, and storytelling. Timely and timeless, The Planets will engage and delight as it unravels the mysteries of
the cosmos. Download and start listening now!