Books

Recent Books

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•   —– 1990, updated 1997, First Guide to the Solar System, The Peterson First Guide Series, Houghton Mifflin Co.
•   —– 1991, Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe, 4th edition, Saunders College Publishing.
•   —– 1992, Journey Through the Universe, Saunders College Publishing.
•   —– and D. H. Menzel 1992, updated 1997, A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, 3nd edition, The Peterson Field Guide Series, Houghton Mifflin Co.
•   —– 1993, Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe, 4th edition, 1993 version, Saunders College Publishing.
•   —– and Michael Covington 1993, The Cambridge Eclipse Photography Guide, Cambridge University Press.
•   —– 1994, Journey Through the Universe, 1994 Version, Saunders College Publishing.
•   —– 1995, Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe, 4th edition, 1995 version, Saunders College Publishing
•   Holder, Leonard, James DeFranza, and —– 1994, Calculus, Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.; also published as Single Variable Calculus and Multivariable Calculus.
•   —–, Hyron Spinrad, Patrick Osmer, and E. S. Cheng 1994, The Farthest Things in the Universe, Cambridge University Press.
•   —– 1998, Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe, 5th edition. Also, 1999 Update. Saunders College Publishing
•   Golub, Leon, and —, The Solar Corona, 1997, Cambridge University Press.
•   Olson, Roberta J. M., and —, Fire in the Sky: Comets and Meteors, the Decisive Centuries, in British Art and Science. 1998, Cambridge University Press.2nd revised printing, hardbound and softbound, 1999.
•   —–, A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, 4th edition, 2000, The Peterson Field Guide Series, Houghton Mifflin Co.
•   —– 2000, Science Explorer: Astronomy, Prentice-Hall. Junior-high school science.
•    —– 2000, Science Explorer: Sound and Light, Prentice-Hall. Junior-high school science.
•    —– 2000, A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, 4th edition, The Peterson Field Guide Series, Houghton Mifflin Co.
•    —– and Alexei Filippenko 2001, The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, Harcourt College Publishers.
•    Golub, Leon, and —– 2001, Nearest Star: The Exciting Science of Our Sun, Harvard University Press.
•   —– 2002, Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe, 6th edition, Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
•   —–  and Alex Filippenko 2004, The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, 2nd edition, Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.
•   —– 2005, Science Explorer: Astronomy, 2nd ed., Prentice-Hall.  Middle-school science.
•   —– 2005, Science Explorer: Sound and Light, 2nd ed., Prentice-Hall.  Middle-school science.
•   Allison, Meade A., Arthur T. DeGaetano, and Jay M. Pasachoff, 2006, Holt Earth Science, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. Middle-school science. (published 11/04)
•   —–  and Alex Filippenko 2007, The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, 3rd edition, Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.
•  Golub, Leon, and —– 2010, The Solar Corona, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press.
•  —– and Alex Filippenko 2013, The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, 4th ed., Cambridge University Press (in production)

Books Edited

•   —– and John R. Percy 1990, The Teaching of Astronomy, Proceedings of IAU Colloquium #105, Cambridge University Press.
•   Parker, Sybil, and —– 1993, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Astronomy.
•   —– and John R. Percy 2005, Teaching and Learning of Astronomy: Effective Strategies for Educators Worldwide, Proceedings of a Special Session at the IAU XXV General Assembly, Cambridge University Press, in press.
•  Pasachoff, Jay M., Rosa M. Ros, and Naomi Pasachoff 2008, Innovation in Astronomy Education, Proceedings of a Special Session at the IAU XXVI General Assembly, Prague, Cambridge University Press. 978-0-521-88015-2. http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521880152

Recent Book Reviews

  • —– 1992, book review of Origins, Alan Lightman and Roberta Brawer, eds., for The Planetarian,21, #1, March, p. 49.
  • —– 1992, book review of Exercises in Practical Astronomy Using Photographs, for the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada 86, June, 162-164.
  • —– 1993, book review of Outpost on Apollo’s Moon by Eric Burgess, for AAAS Science Books and Films,29, #5, June-July, 141.
  • —– 1993, book review of “The Facts on File Atlas of Stars and Planets: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe,” by Ian Ridpath, for AAAS Science Books and Films,29, #7, October, 201.
  • —– 1994, book review of One Giant Leap, by Mary Ann Fraser, for AAAS Science Books and Films,30, #2, March, 51.
  • —- 1995, “Gauging the Heavens,” book review of Voyage to the Great Attractor: Exploring Intergalactic Space by Alan Dressler, for Scientific American, August, 102-103.
  • Kutner, Eric R., and —– 1996, book review of Cosmic Questions by Richard Morris, for Am. J. Physics,64 (10), October 1996.
  • —– 1998, book review of Earth: The Making of a Planet by Roy A. Gallant and Christopher J. Schuberth, AAAS Science Books & Films 34, No. 6, August/September 1998, p. 170.
  • —– 1998, book review of Historical Eclipses and Earth’s Rotation by F. Richard Stephenson, Isis.
  • —– 1998, book review of A History of Modern Planetary Physics, 1-Nebulous Earth, 2-Transmuted Past, 3-Fruitful Encounters by Stephen G. Brush, Times Higher Education Supplement, No. 1,347, August 28, 1998, p. 23.
  • —– 1998, book review of Neil de Grasse Tyson, Just Visiting This Planet: Merlin Answers More Questions About Everything Under the Sun, Moon, and Stars, and Sten Otenwald, The Astronomy Cafe: 365 Questions and Answers from “Ask the Astronomer,” for Nature, 394, 438, July 30.
  • —– 1999, book reviews of Daniel Fisher and Hilmar Duerbeck, Hubble: A New Window to the Universe and Hubble Revisited: New Images from the Discovery Machine; and Eric Chaisson, Hubble Wars, Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter.
  • —– 1999, book reviews of Crumb; Guillermier and Koutchmy; Harrison; Maunder and Moore; and Littmann, Espenak, and Willcox books on solar eclipses, Nature, 399, 651-2, 17 June 1999.
  • —– 1999, book review of James Trefil, Other Worlds: Images of the Cosmos from Earth and Space, in AAAS Science Books and Films.
  • —– 1999, book reviews of Bernd Aschenbach, Hermann-Michael Hahn, and mper, The Invisible Sky: ROSAT and the Age of X-Ray Astronomy; and Keay Davidson, Carl Sagan: A Life, in The Key Reporter, 65, No. 1, Autumn 99, pp. 15-16.
  • —– 2000, “A New Star Is Born,” book review of Carl Sagan: A Life, in Times Higher Education Supplement (London), 21 January 2000, p. 29.
  • —– 2000, book reviews of Jeffrey Kluger, “Journey Beyond Selene: Remarkable Explorations Past Our Moon and to the Ends of the Solar System,” and J. K. Rowling, “‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,'” in The Key Reporter, 65, No. 2, Winter 1999-2000, p. 14.
  • —– 2000, exhibition and book review, The Cosmos: From Romanticism to the Avant-Garde, exhibition catalogue, Jean Clair, ed., and the exhibition held in Barcelona, Science, November 24, 2000.
  • —– 2000, book review of One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos, by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charles Liu, and Robert Irion, for AAAS Science Books & Films36, #4, July/August, pp. 167-8.
  • —– 2000, “Brief lives of some star performers,” book review of On Tycho’s Island: Tycho Brahe and His Assistants, 1570-1601, by John Robert Christianson, and of Johannes Kepler and the New Astronomy by James Voelkel, Times Higher Education Supplement (London).
  • —– 2000, book reviews of David Malin, The Invisible Universe, and Ewen A. Whitaker, Mapping and Naming the Moon: A History of Lunar Cartography and Nomenclature, in The Key Reporter 65, No. 4, 12-13.
  • —– 2001, book review of Ralph A. Alpher and Robert Herman, The Genesis of the Big Bang, in Physics Perspectives.
  • —– 2001, book review of Dennis Richard Danielson, ed., The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking, for AAAS Science Books and Films, 37, #1, Jan/Feb 2001, 17.
  • —– 2000, book review of Robert Burnham, Great Comets, in Nature 407, 19-20.
  • —– 2001, book review of Dennis Richard Danielson, ed., The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking, in The Key Reporter, 66, #2, Winter 2000-01, 14.
  • —– 2001, book review of Bruce Stephenson, Marvin Bolt, and Anna Felicity Friedman, The Universe Unveiled: Instruments and Images through History, in The Key Reporter, 66, #2, Winter 2000-01, 14.
  • —– 2001, book review of Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes, The Return: A Novel of the Human Adventure, in The Key Reporter, 66, #2, Winter 2000-01, 14.
  • —– 2001, book review of David H. DeVorkin, Henry Norris Russell: Dean of American Astronomers, in The Key Reporter, 66, #2, Winter 2000-01, 14.
  • —– 2001, book review of Serge Brunier and Jean-Pierre Luminet, Glorious Eclipses: Their Past, Present and Future, for Nature.
  • —– 2001, book review of Martin Rees, Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces that Shape the Universe, in Times Higher Education Supplement, March 9, 2001, p. 35.
  • —– 2001, book reviews of Wallace Tucker and Karen Tucker, Revealing the Universe: The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory; Ian Stewart, Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So; Antoine de Saint-Exup ry, The Little Prince, in The Key Reporter.
  • —– 2002, book reviews of Neil Comins, Heavenly Errors: Misconceptions About the Real Nature of the Universe; Paul Hodge, Higher than Everest: An Adventurer’s Guide to the Solar System; and Amir Aczel,The Riddle of the Compass, in The Key Reporter (winter 2002), 67, No. 3, 15-16.
  • —– 2002, “Nevertheless, It Does Move Us,” opera review of Philip Glass and Mary Zimmerman, Galileo GalileiScience 287, November 22, 1557-1558.
  • —– 2003, book review of M. Garlick, The Story of the Solar System, for AAAS Science Books & Films 39, No. 2 (March/April 2003), 69.
  • —- 2003, book reviews of Eli Maor, Venus in Transit; David Sellers, The Transit of Venus: The Quest to find the True Distance of the Sun; Michael Maunder and Patrick Moore, Transit: When Planets Cross the Sun; Donald Fernie: Setting Sail for the Universe: Astronomers and Their Discoveries; Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Empire and the Sun: Victorian Solar Eclipse Expeditions; and Diane Vaughan, The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA, in The Key Reporter (spring 2003), pp. 15, 17.
  • —– 2003, book review of Serge Brunier, Solar System Voyage, in AAAS Science Books & Films 39, #4, July/August, 164.
  • —– 2003, book review of Judit Brody, The Enigma of Sunspots, in Journal for the History of Astronomy xxxiv (May), 238-239.
  • —– 2004, book review of Robert Kirshner, The Extravagant Universe, in Perspectives in Physics 6/2, June.
  • —– 2004, book reviews of Robert J. Nemiroff and Jerry T. Bonnell, The Universe in 365 Days; Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History; Alan Macfarlane and Gerry Martin, Glass: A World History; and Barbara Freese, Coal: A Human History, in The Key Reporter (winter 2004), 69, No. 1, 10.
  • —– 2004, book review of Cambridge Encyclopedia of Amateur Astronomy, for AAAS Science Books & Films, January/February, 24.
  • —– 2004, book review of William H. Waller and Paul W. Hodge, “Galaxies and the Cosmic Frontier,” appearing as “Dark heart of the cannibal universe,” Times Higher Education Supplement (London), March 12,  p. 31.
  • —– 2004, book review of Kenneth Lang, The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System, for AAAS Science Books & Films, May/June.
  • —– 2004, book review of Stephen Cassé, Stellar Alchemy: The Celestial Origin of Atoms, for Physics Today, December.
  • —– 2004, book review of Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Empire and the Sun: Victorian Solar Eclipse Expeditions,Albion 35, Issue 4 (Winter 2004), 680-683.
  • —– 2004, book reviews of Basil Mahon, The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell; Roger G. Newton, Galileo’s Pendulum; William Sheehan and John Westfall, The Transits of Venus; Owen Gingerich, The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus, in The Key Reporter (summer 2004), 69, No. 3, 10-11, 14.
  • —– 2004, book review of Herman Wouk, A Hole in Texas: A Novel, in Science, October.
  • —– 2005, book reviews of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith, Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution; Marcia Bartusiak, Archives of the Universe: A Treasury of Astronomy’s Historic Works of Discovery; Francesco Bertola, Via Lactea; Arthur Conan Doyle, edited with a preface and notes by Leslie S. Klinger, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. The Key Reporter (winter 2005), 70, No. 1, 11, 13.
  • —– 2005, book reviews of Simon Mitton, Conflict in the Cosmos: Fred Hoyle’s Life in Science; John Brockman, Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist; Tony Rothman, Everything’s Relative and Other Fables from Science and Technology, in The Key Reporter (summer 2005),  70, No. 3, 12, 15-16.
  • —– 2005, book review of Jordan D. Marché, Theaters of Time and Space: American Planetaria, 1930-1970, in Astronomy Education Review, http:aer.noao.edu.
  • —– 2006, book review of Basil Mahon, The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell, in the Maxwell issue of the American Journal of Physics. February; plus interspersed photos of Maxwell’s equipment from the Cavendish and silhouette from Valencia.
  • —– and Naomi Pasachoff 2005, “Appointment at Trinity,” opera review of Dr. Atomic by John Adams and Peter Sellars, Nature Physics1, No. 2, 74-75, 1 Nov.
  • —– 2006, book review of Noreen Grice, Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book on Astronomy, Touch the Stars II, and Touch the Sun: A Braille Book, in The Key Reporter (spring 2006), 71, #1,  15-16.
  • —– 2006, “Big trip to the red planet,” film review of Roving Mars, an IMAX movie, Nature440, 28-29, 2 March.
  • —– 2006, book review of George Johnson, Miss Leavitt’s Stars, and Steele Hill and Michael Carlowicz, The Sun, in The Key Reporter (fall 2006), 70, 14.
  • —– 2006, “Astronomy through the years,” book review of Malcolm Longair, The Cosmic Century: A History of Astrophysics and CosmologyNature 443, 274-275.
  • —– 2006, book review of Steele Hill and Michael Carlowicz, The Sun, in AAAS Science Books & Films.
  • —– 2006, book review of Fred Hoyle, The Black Cloud, “In Retrospect: Out of the Darkness,” Nature 442, 986 (August 31).
  • —– 2007, book reviews of Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey through the Solar System. by David A. Weintraub; The Best American Science and Nature Writing, Brian Greene, editor; The Best American Science Writing 2006. Atul Gawande, editor; Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes by Kerry Emanuel, in The Key Reporter (spring 2007), pp. 14, 16.
  • —– 2007, book reviews of Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson; Einstein’s Jury: The Race to Test Relativity, by Jeffrey Crelinsten; and Astronomical Enigmas: Life on Mars, the Star of Bethlehem & Other Milky Way Mysteries, by Mark Kidger, in The Key Reporter (fall 2007), pp. 13-15.
  • —– and Naomi Pasachoff, 2007, book review of The Sun Kings by Stuart Clark, Journal for the History of Astronomy 38, No. 4, November, 524-5.
  • —–, 2007, “Reminiscences of the Moon Trips,” movie review of In the Shadow of the MoonScience 318, 751 (2 November)
  • —– 2008, book reviews of Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by Mike Mullane; Father Knows Less or: “Can I Cook My Sister?”: One Dad’s Quest to Answer His Son’s Most Baffling Questions by Wendell Jamieson; Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang by Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok, in The Key Reporter (spring 2008).
  • —– and Naomi Pasachoff 2008, book review of Stephen Hawking: A Biography, for Perspectives in Physics,10-4, 489-491.
  • —– 2008, film review of When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions, for Science, June 13; 10.1126/science.1160937
  • —– 2008, book reviews of America in Space: NASA’s First Fifty Years by Steven J. Dick, et al.; Titan Unveiled: Saturn’s Mysterious Moon Explored, by Ralph Lorenz and Jacqueline Mitton; The Indian Clerk byDavid Leavitt, in The Key Reporter (fall 2008), 14-15.
  • —– 2008, “Rare Books in the Flesh,” exhibition review of Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World, Huntington Library, Nature 457, Jan 8.
  • —– 2009, book reviews of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us by Tom Vanderbilt; Keep Watching the Skies! The Story of Operation Moonwatch & the Dawn of the Space Age by W. Patrick McCray; The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet by Neil deGrasse Tyson, in The Key Reporter (spring 2009), 14-15.
  • —– and Naomi Pasachoff, 2009, “Galileo and the Pope,” a review of Richard N. Goodwin’s play, Two Men of FlorenceNature 459, 28 May, 512-513.
  • —– 2009, book review of Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle by Michael Benson, AAAS Science Books and Films.
  • —– 2009, book reviews of Galileo’s New Universe: The Revolution in Our Understanding of the Cosmos by Stephen P. Maran and Lawrence A. Marschall; The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed our Vision of the World by Samuel Y. Edgerton, in The Key Reporter (fall 2009), 14-15.
  • — and Naomi Pasachoff, 2009, book review of The Moon that Wasn’t: The Saga of Venus’ Spurious Satelliteby Helge Kragh, for Physics in Perspective.
  • — and Naomi Pasachoff, 2009, opera review of Kepler, “Third Physics Opera for Philip Glass,” Nature462, 724, December 10. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v462/n7274/full/462724a.html, http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v462/n7274/pdf/462724a.pdf
  • — 2010, book reviews of The Sun, The Earth, and Near-Earth Space: A Guide to the Sun-Earth System by John A. Eddy; Catch a Falling Star: A Life Discovering Our Universe by Donald D. Clayton; and Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt W. Beyer, in The Key Reporter (spring 2010), 13-15.
  • — 2010, book reviews of When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish, and Other Speculations about This and That by Martin Gardner; Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience, Kendrick Frazier, ed., in The Key Reporter (fall 2010), 14-15.
  • — 2011, book reviews of The Six-Cornered Snowflake: A New Year’s Gift by Johannes Kepler, 1611; The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art & Science of Snowflakes by Kenneth Libbrecht, inThe Key Reporter (winter 2011), 14-15.
  • — 2011, book reviews of The Making of History’s Greatest Star Map by Michael Perryman and A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering in a New Era of Discovery by Ann Finkbeiner, in Physics Today (May), 45-46.
  • — 2011, book choice and review of Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All,Nature, July.
  • — 2011, “Supernova Century,” book review of The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth: A Novel by Stuart Clark, Nature, August 18.
  • — 2011, book reviews of The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bomb, and the Defeat of Japan by Wilson D. Miscamble and Transit of Venus: 1631 to the Present by Nick Lomb (The Experiment Publishing, April 2012, 978-1-61519-055-3) in The Key Reporter (fall 2011), 14-15, http://www.pbk.org/userfiles/file/flashversion/Fall2011/pageflip.html, http://theexperimentpublishing.com/?s=lomb
  • — 2012, book reviews of, A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos by Dava Sobel; Feymnan by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick in The Key Reporter (spring 2012), 14-15, http://www.pbk.org/userfiles/TKR%20Spring%202012.pdf
  • … and later reviews, with a list available on request