astronomy

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Sometimes a book isn’t quite what you expected. And you’re disappointed. Sometimes a book isn’t quite what you expected and you’re pleasantly surprised. Chris Impey and Holly Henry’s Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration definitely falls into the latter category. What was I expecting? From the subtitle I was hoping…

Here’s a hint. Never, ever, ever put the following sentence in any non-fiction book you are writing: This is dull stuff. (p. 165) Testify! An object lesson on non-success for popular science books to compare and contrast with an object lesson for success in popular science books. But, to be fair, the book under consideration…

A month or so ago I posted on Scholarly Societies: Why Bother?, basically on the challenges that scholarly societies face in the digital age. I got a few good comments, getting a nice discussion going. I also posed a few questions directly to scholarly societies but unfortunately didn’t get any comments from any of the…

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