By Philip C. Plait
Encouraged through his well known website, www.badastronomy.com, this primary e-book through Plait (astronomy, Sonoma nation Univ.) debunks well known myths and misconceptions in relation to astronomy and promotes technology as a method of explaining our mysterious heavens. The paintings describes 24 universal astronomical fallacies, together with the ideals that the Coriolis impact determines the course that water drains in a bath and that planetary alignments may cause catastrophe on the earth. the writer sharply and convincingly dismisses astrology, creationism, and flying saucers sightings and explains the rules in the back of uncomplicated common suggestions (the giant Bang, why the sky is blue, etc.). notwithstanding a few may perhaps locate him strident, Plait succeeds brilliantly simply because his transparent and comprehensible motives are convincing and sincere. this primary quantity in Wileys «Bad technological know-how» sequence is usually recommended for all libraries, particularly astronomy and folklore collections.