The Sky's Dark Labyrinth

Stuart Clark

At the dawn of the 17th century, it was believed that the Sun revolved around the Earth. Yet some men knew that the Heavens did not move as they should and began to believe exactly the opposite - a heresy punishable by being burned alive.
Date Published :
October 2011
Publisher :
Polygon
Language:
English
Series :
The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781846972157
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 7.8 X 5.1 inches
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$13.95

Overview
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At the dawn of the 17th century, it was believed that the Sun revolved around the Earth. Yet some men knew that the Heavens did not move as they should and began to believe exactly the opposite - a heresy punishable by being burned alive. The Sky's Dark Labyrinth follows the stories of Johannes Kepler - a German Lutheran and the first man to distill how stars and planets moved according to mathematical laws - and Galileo Galilei. An Italian Catholic, Galileo tries to claim Kepler's success for his own Church, and finds himself enmeshed in a web of intrigue originating from within the Vatican itself. Both men and their families are trapped by human ignorance and terror in one of the darkest, yet also one of the most enlightening, periods of European history. The Sky's Dark Labyrinth is the first of a trilogy of novels inspired by the dramatic struggles, personal and professional, and key historical events in man's quest to understand the Universe.

About The Author
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Stuart Clark Is A Widely Read Astronomy Journalist Whose Career Is Devoted To Presenting The Complex World Of Astronomy To The General Public. Stuart Holds A First Class Honours Degree And A Phd In Astrophysics. He Is A Fellow Of The Royal Astronomical Society, A Former Vice Chair Of The Association Of British Science Writers And Is The Cosmology Consultant For 'New Scientist'. In 2000 'The Independent' Placed Him Alongside Stephen Hawking And The Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees, As One Of The 'Stars' Of British Astrophysics Teaching.

REVIEWS
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 'Clark's account is superb ... a cracking good read' 

- Cool Science Books

 'Stuart Clark follows a game of galactic hide-and-seek' 

- New Scientist

An intelligent book that neither romanticises the past, nor distorts it to suit modern Sensibilities' 

- Historical Novel Society

This book is a moving and eye-opening story of brilliance and bravery, and the fight against bigotry and closed-mindedness' 

- Daily Mail

Well stocked with informative historical asides' 

- Scotland on Sunday

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