book list

14 years 2 months ago #27024 by Jared Macphester
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Ahhhhh... let me see.

Can anyone help with a book list.
Fiction - with astronomy (or some aspect of astronomy) being a component of the plot - in some fashion. (Not Science Fiction or Textbooks.)

Example.

John Banville - Dr. Copernicus, The Newton Letters, Kepler
Thomas Hardy - Two on a Tower

and so forth

Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

JMP

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14 years 2 months ago #27030 by Seanie_Morris
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That could be a tough one Jared! Figuring its with science, it could almost become a science fiction story in itself??

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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14 years 2 months ago #27033 by dmcdona
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Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco.

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14 years 2 months ago #27034 by johnflannery
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"The Dork of Cork" by Chet Raymo (about a dwarf astronomer . . . loosely based on Kepler).

John

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14 years 2 months ago #27037 by johnflannery
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just re-read your post again Jared. Here's a couple of thrillers I read recently that were written by Clive Cussler (he of the "Raise the Titanic" book/ film fame).

"Sacred Stone" . . . about a radioactive meteorite being used by a group planning to do no good in the Middle East.

"Polar Shift" . . . about a group planning to disturb the Earth's magnetic field for their own gain (yep, sounds far-fetched and I'd need a few pages to give the gist of the plot).

. . . both books a bit of nonsense compared to what Cussler wrote before but hey, it's good to switch off the brain for a couple of evenings :D

John

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14 years 2 months ago #27064 by Elisabeth Barrett
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Although it is not a strictly a book

Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass) - When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

Is that allowed?

Elisabeth

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14 years 2 months ago #27159 by oneillp
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Bill Napier, ex Armagh observatory, has written several excellent thriller books with an astronomical theme, e.g. "Revelation" and "Nemesis".

Pat

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14 years 2 months ago #27160 by michaeloconnell
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"Deception Point" by Dan Brown

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14 years 2 months ago #27167 by spculleton
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And out of all that list only one book and one poem that's worth reading! What's the list for? Might be easier to make suggestions.

Shane Culleton.

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14 years 2 months ago #27178 by dmcdona
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Which one's that Shane?

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14 years 2 months ago #27186 by spculleton
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Your one actually Dave - Foucault's Pendulum. Can beat a bit of Eco.

Shane Culleton.

Dozo Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu

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14 years 2 months ago #27198 by dmcdona
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Ah yes, superb book.

He wrote another called 'The Island of the Day Before' which was excellent and astronomical. It was about a bloke marooned on a ship on the Meridian. THe ship was full of clocks to try and solve the longitude 'problem'. Fictional of course but Eco seems to be very studious and even in his fictional work, refers to reference books of yester-century. I'd add this book to the list too. A great read as well by the way.

Actually, Foucaults Pendulum was partly about the Holy Grail and the Templars etc. A La Da Vinci Code.......

Dave

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14 years 2 months ago #27285 by Jared Macphester
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And out of all that list only one book and one poem that's worth reading! What's the list for? Might be easier to make suggestions.


It's a list, nothing more. By myself I have not been able to assemble much of a list so I thought I might ask. I did, since asking the question, find one other source with a similar question www.bautforum.com/archive/index.php/t-16089.html , worth a look if this current thread interests you, otherwise probably not.

I am interested in 'astronomers' (you know - like bikers but without the noise!)

JMP

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