Man and the Stars

Man and the Stars

Man and the Stars

Man and the Stars

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The mystery of the stars is, perhaps, nowhere more keenly felt than on the high seas. There, freed from the usual duties of life ashore, with sky above and sea beneath, I have written the greater part of MAN AND THE STARS.

The manuscript was begun on a return trip from an eclipse expedition to Norway in the summer of 1927. It was completed in June 1929 on a return trip from a similar expedition to Malaya.

This is in no sense a text book. Neither is it a popular guide to the heavens. It does aim to present in readable form some of the outstanding events in man's discovery of a universe of unending change, and to trace the influence of these events upon man's reactions to his environment.

The last three chapters have been included to answer questions which I have been often asked in informal gatherings after lectures. Believing that these are typical of inquiries inevitably prompted when man reflects thoughtfully upon the universe around him, I have sought to convey some viewpoints which I have often embodied in answering such questions personally.

The subject matter comprises some of the material presented for several years in courses in Astronomy in connection with the University-Extension in Cam-

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