Celestial sleuth : using astronomy to solve mysteries in art, history and literature /

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 i...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Olson, Donald W.
Format: Book
Published: New York : Springer Verlag, 2014.
Series:Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Table of 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.