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Publisher Description

2 dynamic, in-depth courses in 1 - Essential reading for the ever-curious in both sciences that are effectively, and thoroughly presented by a proven outreach teaching method – lectures in the field, under the sky, and on the ocean – not in a classroom.  The coverage is thorough - check out the table of contents. This is a single-source reference book with entertaining yet thorough discussions on relativity, quantum mechanics, speciation, and natural selection. From the Classic Greek Periods to the present, many key biographies are included to maintain a historical perspective and to see the origins of the many connections between the physical and biological worlds around you, including the Universe or Cosmos – whichever you are more comfortable with. 

The reader is asked to bring his/ her interest and curiosity; the book will provide the information and inspiration – both will be within easy reach. 

SEATTLE BOOK REVIEW, Johnna Rocker-Clinton , ★★★★★
“Boyce’s discourse on dark matter is one that I will not attempt to regurgitate, but because of his user-friendly language, his book is one I will reach for time and time again to learn and grow in my understanding of astronomy and all of the fascinating topics that surround it. "

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW , Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer -★★★★★ Readers seeking a treatise for self-study will be delighted by the book's accessibility and ability to turn technical discussions into understandable ideas . . . . a work highly recommended for laymen and science students alike.

PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW - “The most valuable aspect to this book is that it inspires us to get more connected to all that is around and above us, to open our minds to the significance of every wondrous facet of the cosmos and of this pale blue dot in the universe we call Earth. I recommend this book to anyone that has looked up at the night sky and wondered.”

SELF-PUBLISHING REVIEW - "A highly readable tour of the natural world from the earth to the heavens and beyond, led by a seasoned guide. Barry Boyce is a natural teacher - his technique for imparting information combines a wide range of knowledge, a good ear for jargon and buzzwords, and a sharp wit. It would be impossible to make one's way through this engaging treatment of two diverse areas of study without absorbing quite a lot of amazing facts, and feeling good about the process. Astronomy and Natural History Connections is highly recommended for those who love science and even those who have not enjoyed the subject in the past, as it's an inspiring work that is both far-reaching and accessible." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½

MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW, Jo Niederhoff, This is a delightful book, one I would recommend to anyone with an interest in learning more about the universe. It's as good for those who already have some background knowledge as it is for beginners. It was even better than I had hoped. Peppered throughout are tidbits about astronomy that kept me interested all the way through. From there, we're essentially taken on The Complete History of Science - with primers on natural history and astronomy, going more in-depth as the chapters progress.


KIRKUS REVIEWS “An enthusiastic guide to learning about the natural world.” –

With a wry sense of humor and a broad base of knowledge—along with thorough research, displayed in a substantial bibliography—the author steers readers through navigating the night sky with a telescope, supplies a timeline of astronomical discoveries from the ancient Greeks to the present, follows Charles Darwin to the South Pacific, and explains the mechanics of evolution in detail. The text is illustrated with vivid, full-color images of Earth and the universe, all captured by Boyce. The book is full of opinionated commentary (Tycho Brahe “was a bit of a real life Supernova”; a wormhole theorist “had the best intentions, but so did Peter Benchley when he wrote Jaws”) and packed with a wealth of information, presented with the same showmanship and zeal as one of the author’s lectures. Boyce’s passion for sharing his knowledge of the natural world with others is evident throughout, and if the chapters occasionally run long, it is only because of his boundless energy when imparting scientific nuggets. . . .
Despite these limitations, the book is a useful one for science fans, providing coherent and engaging explanations of complex subjects in easy-to-follow language, with a firm foundation in the experience and expertise of a dynamic teacher eager to deliver lessons to an audience.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PORTLAND REVIEW ★★★★

If you’ve ever wanted to take a crash course in the sciences, then Astronomy & Natural History Connections: From Darwin to Einstein may just be the book for you. Barry Boyce’s book makes a bold attempt to teach readers about the wonders found around us here on earth, the various marvels of space, and how the two are intrinsically tied together. Written with a more casual tone than you will find with other nonfiction books on the subjects, this book is likely much more approachable to the layman, but is certainly not light on facts! . . . . The book is chock full of information, almost an overwhelming amount of information, though the more casual dialogue will likely allow this information to feel more accessible to some people than the typical textbook style
In this book, author Barry Boyce explores the connections between astronomy and other parts of the natural world. In the process, he also covers such topics as evolution, relativity, and quantum theory. Different periods of scientific development from the classical Greek period to today and areas for future development are covered. All the topics are connected back to astronomy and discussed with a conversational style to relate to the lay reader. The natural world is connected to astronomy, and space and time are both connected to astronomy. Boyce also provides, at the beginning of the text, a helpful guide of the concepts covered in the book and questions it will answer. Also included are photographs of nebulae, animals, and galaxies. The study of astronomy even connects to philosophy in questions of the nature of life and the existence of God.

As a person who works in the humanities, not sciences, I was, predictably, introduced to new topics . . . . Overall, Boyce does a credible job of teaching specialized scientific concepts, their connections, and their practical application in such areas as computers and global positioning systems. In short, the book has the potential to educate the lay audience, as well as peak interest for future study.

    Science & Nature
    October 1
    The Baryon Press
    Barry Boyce

    Customer Reviews


    Diane Donovan, Sr. Reviewer

    Readers seeking a treatise for self-study will be delighted by the book's accessibility and ability to turn technical discussions into understandable ideas; while teachers looking for a more 'user-friendly' volume emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches and research processes will delight in the special approach of Astronomy & Natural History Connections, a work highly recommended for laymen and science students alike.

    Astronomy & Natural History Connections from Darwin to Einstein is a science course in a book, adopting the unusual approach of blending astronomy with natural history in a survey that successfully draws important connections between the two disciplines.

    It's not only unusual to see the different disciplines thoroughly covered in a single volume; but the addition of scientist biographical sketches from classical Greek to modern times creates an approach that cements scientific developments with insights on individual pursuits and social history.

    Astronomy & Natural History Connections covers basic principles but focuses on what thinkers such as Darwin did and did not say. Classroom discussion and individual study are more detailed than memorizing dates and theories, encouraging reflection on how ideas developed, were debated, and how they apply to lasting scientific pursuits, pinpointing moments that were epiphanies and breakthroughs in conventional thinking.

    As the discussion weaves back and forth between astronomy and natural history, connections are created which solidify not only basic concepts, but points of disharmony and contention and how these were addressed, providing far more depth than the traditional linear presentation of either subject. It should be warned that many casual and conventional lay impressions of scientific development, processes, and theory will be challenged during the course of Barry Boyce's associative process. Among these concepts is the contention that evolution is not necessarily an adaptive process; that 'species' is a term that should be questioned; and that migratory processes may be seen as only breeding strategy in a mix of options.

    It should also be mentioned that Boyce's appeal to lay audiences is
    strengthened by his adoption of a chatty tone that clearly explains matters to lay readers: "A lot of information has been presented, and for some of you, a lot of the terminology may be new. The purpose, I assure, you was not to overwhelm or fry your chips; it was to make you feel more at ease with, and perhaps less than threatened by, biology and natural history. Scientists work in a formal, somewhat competitive world, and are obliged to use very technical language."

    Concluding statements summarizing the important concepts of each chapter clarify the basics with material for classroom discussion or independent reader reflection. The key descriptor of this piece lies in its "connections" portion. Astronomy & Natural History Connections doesn't just summarize major findings, but moves back and forth as it links the two subjects. This fluidity allows for an unexpectedly wide ranging survey of the future challenges of science, such as the pros and cons of colonizing and terraforming Mars or the search for answers about galaxy expansion processes.

    Most scientific discussions come from either teachers or scientific
    researchers. Barry Boyce was a graduate student in the neurosciences, but spent 30 years teaching natural history and astronomy on expedition voyages to the Galápagos Islands and the Antarctic, so his experience with worlds outside the traditional classroom or lab structures affords a different focus and lingo that nic

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