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A Bricklayer's Guide to the Galaxy . . .
The inspirational memoir of a former brickie who followed his passion for the stars and built his own observatory.
Perfect for readers of Robert Macfarlane, Helen Macdonald and James Rebanks - as well as fans of Brian Cox and the BBC’s Sky at Night
Gary Fildes left school at sixteen, got a trade like most of his mates and was soon married with four kids. His life seemed set. But he had a secret. Something he only practised late at night with a few like-minded friends. Then one day, middle age approaching alarmingly, he acted on his lifelong passion. He finally came out. As an astronomer.
Today, Gary is the founder and lead astronomer of Kielder Observatory, one of the top ten stargazing sites in the world, which he also helped to build. Situated in the beautiful forests of Kielder, Northumberland, within Europe’s largest protected dark sky park, it offers some of the UK's most spectacular views of stars, planets and galaxies.
An Astronomer’s Tale is Gary’s inspirational story: part memoir, part nature writing, part seasonal guide to the night sky. It is a book brimming with passion; and at a time when the world is captivated by space, it will leave you ready to get out there and explore the wonders of the skies for yourself.
Auteur(s): Gary Fildes, ... Taal: Engels. Pagina's: 320. Uitgave: 2017. Penguin books.
- An Astronomer's Tale Recensie door M.V.ADCOCK
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As well as being a great astronomer, Gary also has a talent for inspiring and organising people. The ultimate result of this is the construction of the observatory at Kielder, in one the UK's dark skies sites. This is a fantastic facility for educating and inspiring the public. What we learn from the book is that Gary is an excellent scientist, not impeded at all by his lack of formal education. Amateur science is very important.
The writing style is very easy going but also very informative. We are part of the universe: this book will help you understand it a bit more. In context, there is more valuable information in this book than in the entire scriptural output of all the world's religions. (Geplaatst op 15-12-2016)
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