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The Cosmic Verses: A Rhyming History of the Universe
From mankind's ancestors to Professor Stephen Hawking, James Muirden cleverly and humorously examines our quest to make sense of the cosmos in wonderful rhyming couplets. If you've ever wondered about the universe, or wanted to broaden your horizons, here are the theories, discoveries, writings and sayings of Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoras, Ptolemy, and the Arab astronome ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Walker Books
(first published October 12th 2006)
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Feb 08, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History buffs
Another hilarious and edifying book. The history of the earth in iambic pentameter!! You'll laugh your way through the book, only to realize in the end that you've learned something too. Also great for parents of tweens, teens. They may be more willing to read this overview because it's so funny...
Aug 19, 2008 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Interested in Cosmology
Recommended to Julianna by: Julie (jjmachshev)
The Cosmic Verses: A Rhyming History of the Universe is a cleverly written (in rhyming poetry) book detailing the history of the universe and all the theories surrounding it from ancient times to the present, covering all the great minds in the field from Plato to Professor Stephen Hawking. It should prove to be a fun and educational read for teens and adults who are interested in cosmology, astronomy and the history surrounding these scientific fields.
This is an odd presentation of a history of astronomy. The poetry was often a barrier to truly understanding the topic being presented since it had to be stated in often stilted ways that made it hard to decipher what was being said at times. It was engaging and really fun to read aloud. It did its job of enticing me to read it since that is pretty much the only reason I picked up a book on this topic. It is a good overall view of the contributions, but be prepared to look some stuff up or read ...more
James Muirden has written some thirty books on astronomy and space, in addition to A "Rhyming History of Britain" and "Shakespeare Well-Versed." He has also been a film reviewer and telescope maker. He lives with his wife and children in Devon, England.More about James Muirden...