IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON
The Science, Magic and Mystery of Solar Eclipses

ANTHONY AVENI
328pp 32 ILLUS 2017 LIST PRICE: £20.00 N134

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Since the first humans looked up and saw the sun swallowed by darkness, our species has been captivated by solar eclipses. Aveni’s study shows the very different impacts eclipses have had on past and present cultures, from prehistoric Stonehenge and Babylonian creation myths to confirmation of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. He explains the science behind the phenomenon and examines the roles of solar eclipses in modern times. The author is uniquely qualified to write on the subject and has witnessed eight total solar eclipses in his lifetime.