Oliver Morton, The Economist – The Moon


An intimate portrait of the Earth’s closest neighbor – the Moon – that explores the history and future of humankind’s relationship with it

Every generation has looked towards the heavens and wondered at the beauty of the Moon. Fifty years ago, a few Americans became the first to do the reverse – and Earth-bound audiences shared their view of their own planet hanging in the sky instead.

In this short but wide-ranging book, Oliver Morton explores the history and future of humankind’s relationship with the Moon from the earliest astronomers such as van Eyck and Galileo through the first space flights and anticipating next phase of our interaction with the Moon, as a portal and stepping stone to further space exploration. The Moon’s gentle light has spoken of love and loneliness; its battered surface of death and the cosmic. For some, it is a future on which humankind has turned its back. For others, an adventure yet to begin.

Advanced technologies, new ambitions, and old dreams mean that men, women, and robots now seem certain to return to the Moon. What will they learn there about the universe, the Earth – and themselves? And, this time, will they stay?

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Author: Oliver Morton, The Economist
Narrator: Neil Dickson
Duration: 11 hours 31 minutes
Released: 19 Apr 2006
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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The first half of this book reads as a basic course in Astronomy, reviewing everything from the moons phases and the seasons to why the sky is blue. I considered myself educated in the subject before reading Bad Astronomy, but was surprised (embarrassed) by how much I either didnt know or knew wrong. For the first half alone, I highly recommend this book.

The second half focuses on debunking rather strange claims about Astronomy and science in general. For a lesson in skepticism, I approve, but I cant say exactly what I got out of it. I already understood that the moon landing was not a hoax and that biblical claims dont jive with research. If you are on the fence on these subjects or want to debate the crackpot in your life, then all the more reason you should check out Bad Astronomy.