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The Resource Celestial sleuth : using astronomy to solve mysteries in art, history and literature, Donald W. Olson

Celestial sleuth : using astronomy to solve mysteries in art, history and literature, Donald W. Olson

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Celestial sleuth : using astronomy to solve mysteries in art, history and literature
Title
Celestial sleuth
Title remainder
using astronomy to solve mysteries in art, history and literature
Statement of responsibility
Donald W. Olson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Many mysteries in art, history, and literature can be solved using "forensic" astronomy, including calculating phases of the Moon, determining the positions of the planets and stars, and identifying celestial objects. In addition to helping to crack difficult cases, such studies spark our imagination and provide a better understanding of the skies. Weather facts, volcanic studies, topography, tides, historical letters and diaries, military records and the friendly assistance of experts in related fields help with the work. Topics or cases pursued were chosen for their wide public recognition and intrigue and involve artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet; historical events such as the Battle of Marathon, Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain, and World War II; and literary authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Mary Shelley. For each historical event influenced by astronomy, there is a different kind of mystery to be solved. For example, how can the Moon help to explain the sinking of the Titanic and a turning point of the American Civil War? For each literary reference to astronomy, which celestial objects were being described and was the author describing an actual event? Follow these exciting investigations with Donald Olson, a master "celestial sleuth", as he tracks down the truth and helps unravel mysteries as far back as ancient history and as recent as the haunting paintings of Edvard Munch
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Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Olson, Donald W
Dewey number
520.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB15
LC item number
.O47 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Astronomy in art
  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy in literature
Label
Celestial sleuth : using astronomy to solve mysteries in art, history and literature, Donald W. Olson
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Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223125717794
  • 31223125717786
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Astronomy in art -- Monet and Turner, masters of sea and sky -- Vincent van Gogh and starry skies over France -- Edvard Munch : mysterious skies in Norway -- Yosemite moonrises and moonbows -- pt. II. Astronomy in history -- Moons and tides in the Battle of Marathon, Paul Revere's midnight ride, and the sinking of the Titanic -- Lincoln, the Civil War era, and American almanacs -- The moon and tides in World War II -- pt. III. Astronomy in literature -- Literary skies before 1800 -- Literary skies after 1800
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 355 pages
Isbn
9781461484028
Lccn
2013946216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)857970423
Label
Celestial sleuth : using astronomy to solve mysteries in art, history and literature, Donald W. Olson
Link
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223125717794
  • 31223125717786
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Astronomy in art -- Monet and Turner, masters of sea and sky -- Vincent van Gogh and starry skies over France -- Edvard Munch : mysterious skies in Norway -- Yosemite moonrises and moonbows -- pt. II. Astronomy in history -- Moons and tides in the Battle of Marathon, Paul Revere's midnight ride, and the sinking of the Titanic -- Lincoln, the Civil War era, and American almanacs -- The moon and tides in World War II -- pt. III. Astronomy in literature -- Literary skies before 1800 -- Literary skies after 1800
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 355 pages
Isbn
9781461484028
Lccn
2013946216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)857970423

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