Yvonne Carts-Powell

How Astronomers Have Fun (and Nearly Die Trying)

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2008 at 9:44 am


by n0ll

There’s nothing quite like a total solar eclipse to remind you that nature is mighty. And I find few things as moving as good writing that reminds us of both the workings of nature and its profound effects on the human psyche.

Good science writing makes my heart sing: reading John McPhee or Stephen Jay Gould when they are on a roll is better than chocolate.  And I don’t say that lightly.

Really good travel writing makes my heart grow three sizes. I’m thinking of Patrick Leigh Fermor, here.

So seeing them combined is a real pleasure. Which is why you should go read: How Astronomers Have Fun (and Nearly Die Trying), by John Bohannon, published in Science magazine. He calls it gonzo science journalism — I call it good storytelling.

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