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Book Title: Astronomy for Amateurs|
ISBN 13: 9781507503768
The author of the book: Camille Flammarion
Edition: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of issue: January 12th 2015
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I read this book on the Project Gutenberg page.
It was interestingly written compared to popular astronomy books now, mostly because of the style.
As the book was first published ca hundred years ago and the French edition of it was titled Astronomy for Women I understand why Flammarion starts out with a list of famous female astronomers through history.
Ofcourse you wouldn't assume much accuracy from a work of popular science a hundred years later, but this one didn't do too badly - yes, there are different numerical values, and better estimates for things (and so many more different kinds of objects and more complete theories)- so for example we know that the largest object in the asteroid belt isn't with a diameter of just a hundred km, but rather over 900km, and also that most of the craters on the Moon are not volcanic craters etc, but some of it is still as useful now, as it would have been then - including the part about how distances and masses can be measured in space, finding constellations etc.
It was interesting reading for the purpose of reading something by Flammarion and getting a glimpse into what a popular work on astronomy 100 years ago contained. You obviously shouldn't read it for up-to-date information on astronomy in 21st century.
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