Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril

Version: Unabridged
Author: Timothy Ferris
Narrator: Timothy Ferris
Genres: Science & Technology, Astronomy & Physics
Publisher: New Millennium Audio
Published In: September 2002
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 40 minutes
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America's finest science writer describes a major revolution sweeping astronomy, as amateur astronomers, in global networks linked by the Internet, make discoveries that are changing our knowledge of the universe.

In Seeing in the Dark, a poetic love letter to science and to the skies, Ferris invites us all to become stargazers. He recounts his own experiences as an enthralled lifelong amateur astronomer, and reports from around the globe - from England and Italy to the Florida Keys and the Chilean Andes - on the revolution that's putting millions in touch with the night sky. In addition, Ferris offers an authoritative and engaging report on what's out there to be seen - what Saturn, the Ring nebula, the Silver Coin galaxy and the Virgo supercluster really are, and how to find them.

Reviews (1)

Seeing in the dark

Written by Anthony Rao from Happy Valley, OR on January 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Informative, reflective, sentimental and even nostalgic at times. A sunday evening drive through the cosmos with the top down. I loved this book. Loads of history and the art of making connections akin to Carl Sagan. I will most definitly rent this again.

Author Details

Author Details

Ferris, Timothy

Timothy Ferris's works include Seeing in the Dark, The Mind's Sky (both New York Times best books of the year), and The Whole Shebang (listed by American Scientist as one of the one hundred most influential books of the twentieth century). A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ferris has taught in five disciplines at four universities. He is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley and a former editor of Rolling Stone. His articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Scientific American, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications. A contributor to CNN and National Public Radio, Ferris has made three prime-time PBS television specials: The Creation of the Universe, Life Beyond Earth, and Seeing in the Dark. He lives in San Francisco.