“The Sun Kings is a book everyone should read”

14 September, 2007

John S. Rigden and Roger H. Stuewer have most generously reviewed The Sun Kings in September 2007 edition of the journal Physics in Perspective.  They begin, “Few authors of science-based books combine the page-turning quality of a good novel with scientific information that entrances the reader. Drama and sharp-edged scientific data are often seen and experienced as mutually exclusive. As both editors of this journal know, the history of science can be tedious; however, it can also be both dramatic and rich with information that illuminates science itself. The book by Stuart Clark, The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began proves beyond doubt the latter point. For several reasons, The Sun Kings is a book everyone should read.”

The full review is published in Physics in Perspective (PIP), Volume 9, Number 3 / September, 2007.

The reference is: DOI 10. 1007/s00016-007-0360-4.

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Gresham Lecture now online

13 September, 2007

What a tremendous pleasure it was to meet so many of you at Gresham College last night. It really is turning into one of my favourite places. Everyone there makes me so welcome, whenever I visit. Sir Thomas Gresham founded the college in 1597 and it is an independently funded educational institution based in Barnard's Inn, Holborn, in the centre of London. It exists to provide free lectures to the public and has done so now for over four hundred years. My lecture was recorded both with audio and video.


So you can listen or even watch the lecture by clicking here.

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New Scientist Space Special now online

11 September, 2007

The New Scientist Space Special is now on-line here. Three of the articles are free to read, the others need a subscription. Also well worth checking out are the New Scientist videos on You Tube.


There are plenty, covering all aspects of science, not just astronomy. Visit them here.

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Explore the observatories of Mauna Kea, Hawaii

09 September, 2007

I came across this excellent page that shows you all the telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. It is provided by the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy. You can click on the image to get more information about each telescope. I have used the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT). Back then it was considered a big telescope, now it’s just another tiddler. Visit the Mauna Kea observatory by clicking here.

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Gresham College Lecture on Wednesday 12th September

07 September, 2007

Don’t forget, if you are in the vicinity of Gresham College, London, at 6pm on Wednesday 12 September, I am giving a lecture about The Sun Kings. Come along, it’s free and I’d love to see you. There will be a reception afterwards where we can chat more informally. The full address of the venue is Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH.

Their contact details are:
Tel: 020 7831 0575
Fax: 020 7831 5208
Email: enquiries@gresham.ac.uk

For directions, click here.

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New Scientist Space Special

06 September, 2007

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik 1’s launch, New Scientist has produced a space special. I didn’t have very much input into it, so I can be objective. It is full of fascinating information and personal opinions from space experts and enthusiasts. It taught me a lot and I thought I knew what was going on in space! Don’t miss this exciting read; it will only be on the newsstands this week.

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