Marcia R. Franklin

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Physics: An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science

This broad overview for the general reader—and for YA and high school students—can serve as a springboard to deeper study for those whose interest it piques. Recommended.
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From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

This is not your average tour of our solar system. Using clear, relatively jargon-free language, Chambers and Mitton provide a comprehensive examination of our current understanding of its formation, which should readily appeal to the general reader who enjoys scientific detail without getting into equations. Recommended.
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The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy

This is a fine coffee-table book, suitable for either deep study or a few moments' perusal. Recommended for readers with a casual interest in the history of astronomy and the universe, or for sparking such an interest in others.
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Seduced by Logic: Émilie Du Châtelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution

Anyone who enjoys the history of science, especially from the underrepresented feminist perspective, should appreciate this well-crafted narrative. Recommended.
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Transit of Venus

Colorful and packed with information, this book will please those with both casual and scholarly interests in observational astronomy and its history. Recommended.
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Exploring Mars

Not for readers looking for an overview of what NASA has learned from the past decade's explorations of Mars. However, anyone seeking insight into the inner workings of a large NASA program will find this a revealing read. Recommended.
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The Sun's Heartbeat

Fans of Berman's columns will enjoy this book, though serious students of astronomy may find it frustratingly lax, since Berman's big claims are not backed up with references to any peer-reviewed literature or reproductions of the charts and graphs he mentions in passing. Recommended for popular science collections only.
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The Clockwork Universe

Those interested in the history of science or even just in exploring how the times in which someone lives shape his thought processes should find this volume fascinating.
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How Old Is the Universe?

Weintraub outlines the rigorous process astronomers have followed from Earth itself out to the edge of the observable universe and makes it accessible to the science-minded lay reader. Highly recommended.

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