This collection of `New Scientist' articles by a range of eminent astronomers from all branches of the discipline is a mine of fascinating historical and contemporary detail. Taken together, the pieces range acress optical astronomy, infra-red, ultra-violet, X- and gamma ray, millimetre and radiowaves to present an absorbing picture of the development and excitement of present-day astronomy for amateur enthusiasts. The contributors include Nigel Calder, Sir Fred Hoyle, Sir Martin Ryle and Graham Smith.
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