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Author Olson, Donald W., author.

Title Futher adventures of the celestial sleuth : using astronomy to solve more mysteries in art, history, and literature / Donald W. Olson.

Publication Info. Chichester, UK : Springer/Praxis Publishing, [2018]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  520.9 OLS    AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 334 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 24 cm.
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Series Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy
Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-330) and index.
Contents Part I. Astronomy in art. Monet in London, J.M.W. Turner, and Ford Madox Brown ; Monet in Étretat, Édouard Manet, and Vincent van Gogh ; Caspar David Friedrich, Canaletto, and Edvard Munch ; Monet in Le Havre : origins of impressionism ; VJ Day Times Square Kiss, and Ansel Adams in Alaska -- Part II. Astronomy in history. Braveheart and the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the discovery of the Ring Nebula, and the 1913 Great Meteor Procession ; World War II and the Korean War -- Part III. Astronomy in literature. Literary skies before 1800 ; Literary skies after 1800 -- Part IV. The terrestrial sleuth. J.M.W. Turner and the Great Western Railway, and John Everett Millais and an ancient oak.
Summary "From the author of Celestial Sleuth (2014), yet more mysteries in art, history, and literature are solved by calculating phases of the Moon, determining the positions of the planets and stars, and identifying celestial objects in paintings. In addition to helping to crack difficult cases, these studies spark our imagination and provide a better understanding of the skies. Weather archives, vintage maps, tides, historical letters and diaries, military records and the assistance of experts in related fields help with this work. For each historical event influenced by astronomy, there is a different kind of mystery to be solved. How did the changing tides affect an army's battle plans? How did the phases of the Moon affect how an artist painted a landscape? Follow these exciting investigations with a master 'celestial sleuth' as he tracks down the truth and helps unravel mysteries as far back as the Middle Ages and as recent as the iconic 1945 photograph of a kiss in Times Square on VJ Day. 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 campaigns of Braveheart in Scotland and battles in World War II and the Korean War; and literary authors such as Chaucer, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Byron, and Poe"--Back cover.
Subject Astronomy in art.
Astronomy -- History.
Astronomy in literature.
Astronomy -- Observations.
Literature, Modern -- 18th century.
Literature, Modern -- 19th century.
Astronomy -- Popular works.
Physics -- Popular works.
ISBN 9783319703190 (paperback)
3319703196 (paperback)

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