Professor Wooford McPaw’s History of Astronomy

Cicada. Oct. 2022. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781800660236.
Gr 3-6–Following Professor McPaw’s first book, about the history of cars, comes book two, covering the history of the cosmos and how our understanding of the universe has evolved over time. There is a lot to unpack, and Kruszynski explains scientific discoveries in astronomy through the centuries in language easy for elementary readers to understand. The pictures and format are presented in a comic-book style with plenty of humor injected throughout to keep readers engaged and entertained. Complex concepts, such as Einstein’s theory of relativity, black holes, and dark matter are explained in detail. Other topics include the history of the telescope, different types of galaxies, and the life cycle of a star. Readers are left pondering what the future holds with the latest space exploration endeavors revealed. Back matter includes a glossary.
VERDICT This is a comprehensive overview of astronomy that is a strong purchase for all nonfiction collections. Readers will spend many hours poring over the pages and expanding their understanding of the mysteries of the universe.

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