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The Sky's Dark Labyrinth by Stuart Clark
  

The Sky's Dark Labyrinth

Part of the Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy Series
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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

A vivid, thrilling portrayal of the lives and work of Kepler and Galileo and their struggles with the social and political forces around them. It's the first in what will be a fascinating trilogy. Each book bringing to life, through vivid storytelling, key moments in our understanding of the cosmos. Set in the seventeenth century, when religion and science were at war, the revelation that the earth was not the centre of the universe is seen through the eyes of the two men who proved it; Galileo and the lesser known German scientist Johannes Kepler. Books like this transform the way you access and understand our view of history.

February 2012 Debut of the Month.

The Sky's Dark Labyrinth series:
1. The Sky's Dark Labyrinth
2. The Sensorium of God

3. The Day Without Yesterday

If you like Stuart Clark you might also like to read books by Harry Thompson, C. J. Sansom and Neal Stephenson.

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Synopsis

The Sky's Dark Labyrinth by Stuart Clark

At the dawn of the 17th century, it was believed that the Sun revolved around the Earth. Yet some men knew that the Heavens did not move as they should and began to believe exactly the opposite - a heresy punishable by being burned alive.

The Sky's Dark Labyrinth follows the stories of Johannes Kepler - a German Lutheran and the first man to distill how stars and planets moved according to mathematical laws - and Galileo Galilei. An Italian Catholic, Galileo tries to claim Kepler's success for his own Church, and finds himself enmeshed in a web of intrigue originating from within the Vatican itself. Both men and their families are trapped by human ignorance and terror in one of the darkest, yet also one of the most enlightening, periods of European history. The Sky's Dark Labyrinth is the first of a trilogy of novels inspired by the dramatic struggles, personal and professional, and key historical events in man's quest to understand the Universe.

Reviews

'This book is a moving and eye-opening story of brilliance and bravery, and the fight against bigotry and closed-mindedness'
DAILY MAIL

'Stuart Clark follows a game of galactic hide-and-seek'
NEW SCIENTIST

'Clark's account is superb ... a cracking good read'
COOLSCIENCEBOOKS

'Well stocked with informative historical asides'
SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

About the Author

Stuart Clark

Stuart Clark is a widely read astronomy journalist whose career is devoted to presenting the complex world of astronomy to the general public. Stuart holds a first class honours degree and a PhD in astrophysics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers and is the cosmology consultant for New Scientist. In 2000 The Independent placed him alongside Stephen Hawking and the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees, as one of the ‘stars’ of British astrophysics teaching.

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Publication date

17th October 2011

Author

Stuart Clark

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Publisher

Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9781846972157

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