Moon : a brief history / Bernd Brunner.

By: Brunner, Bernd, 1964-Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2010]Copyright date: ©2010Description: xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 22 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780300152128 (cloth : alk. paper); 0300152124 (cloth : alk. paper)Subject(s): Moon | Moon -- Miscellanea | Moon -- Mythology | Moon -- Religious aspectsDDC classification: 523.3 LOC classification: QB581 | .B78 2010
Contents:
Gazing at the moon -- Moon of the mind -- Charting the moonscape -- Pale sun of the night -- Encounters of a lunar kind -- Lunar passion in Paris -- Accounts of genesis -- A riddled surface -- Lunar choreography -- Esoteric practices -- Spurious correspondences -- Visions of the moon -- Before and after Apollo.
Summary: Using werewolves and Wernher von Braun, Stonehenge and the sex lives of sea corals, aboriginal myths, and an Anglican bishop in this new book, the author weaves variegated information into a glimpse of Earth's closest celestial neighbor, whose mere presence inspires us to wonder what might be out there. Going beyond the discoveries of contemporary science, he presents a cultural assessment of our complex relationship with Earth's lifeless, rocky satellite. As well as offering an engaging perspective on such age old questions as "What would Earth be like without the moon?" he surveys the moon's mythical and religious significance and provokes existential soul searching through a lunar lens, inquiring, "Forty years ago, the first man put his footprint on the moon. Will we continue to use it as the screen onto which we cast our hopes and fears?" Drawing on materials from different cultures and epochs, he walks readers down a moonlit path illuminated by more than seventy-five vintage photographs and illustrations. From scientific discussions of the moon's origins and its chronobiological effects on the mating and feeding habits of animals to an illuminating interpretation of Bishop Francis Godwin's 1638 novel The Man in the Moone, his interdisciplinary explorations recast a familiar object in an original light.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-274) and index.

Gazing at the moon -- Moon of the mind -- Charting the moonscape -- Pale sun of the night -- Encounters of a lunar kind -- Lunar passion in Paris -- Accounts of genesis -- A riddled surface -- Lunar choreography -- Esoteric practices -- Spurious correspondences -- Visions of the moon -- Before and after Apollo.

Using werewolves and Wernher von Braun, Stonehenge and the sex lives of sea corals, aboriginal myths, and an Anglican bishop in this new book, the author weaves variegated information into a glimpse of Earth's closest celestial neighbor, whose mere presence inspires us to wonder what might be out there. Going beyond the discoveries of contemporary science, he presents a cultural assessment of our complex relationship with Earth's lifeless, rocky satellite. As well as offering an engaging perspective on such age old questions as "What would Earth be like without the moon?" he surveys the moon's mythical and religious significance and provokes existential soul searching through a lunar lens, inquiring, "Forty years ago, the first man put his footprint on the moon. Will we continue to use it as the screen onto which we cast our hopes and fears?" Drawing on materials from different cultures and epochs, he walks readers down a moonlit path illuminated by more than seventy-five vintage photographs and illustrations. From scientific discussions of the moon's origins and its chronobiological effects on the mating and feeding habits of animals to an illuminating interpretation of Bishop Francis Godwin's 1638 novel The Man in the Moone, his interdisciplinary explorations recast a familiar object in an original light.

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Covering a range of topics including Australian aborigines, Anglican bishops, werewolves, and Wernher von Braun, this book provides a fascinating tour of how humankind has viewed its nearest celestial neighbor throughout the ages. Many books cover moon science; many others concentrate on the mythology, folklore, and cultural aspects surrounding it. Brunner's does this and more, giving readers a thorough, entertaining look at people as much as at the moon. He shows how the moon played a role in setting the dates of religious holidays and constructing calendars. He describes the early belief that the moon was inhabited and that the full moon played a role in human behavior--hence the term "lunatic" and the legend of the werewolf. The book also examines speculation on getting to the moon, from the Greek Lucian in 150 CE to Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (English translation, 1867) that eerily forecast many aspects of the actual journey by Apollo astronauts a century later. Brunner covers the humanities and the moon, along with theories of how the moon formed, ending with the giant impact or "Big Whack" theory currently in vogue. A valuable book for anyone with an interest in Earth's companion. Summing Up; Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, general readers. C. G. Wood formerly, Eastern Maine Community College

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Bernd Brunner is a freelance writer. He is the author of other successful works intersecting history, science, and literature, including Bears and The Ocean at Home .

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