reviews and reader comments.
January 1999, page 112, Tracy Staedter:
is an easy read - practically a snack compared to that novel
you're probably reading. You can browse through The Astronomy
Cafe and hand pick the tastiest morsels. And then go back
for seconds. Some of the dishes you might savor are, How thick
are Saturn's rings?...Another appetizer is, is the expansion
of the universe slowing down? Odenwald is well equipped to
answer these questions. he has 20 years of astronomical research
experience and science education.
Bookwatch, August 1998 page 8:
Astronomy Cafe provides a real winner: 365 questions and answers
from Ask the Astronomer, which are organized around topics
and which encourages skimming and browsing for quick easy
answers. The usual astronomy guide is weighty; this is conducive
to quick answers and casual reading"
Scientist, August 1, 1998 page 43, Marcus Chown:
Cafe is an enlightening and entertaining book. Dip in at random
or use it to find out everything you've ever wanted to know
about astronomy and space, but were afraid to ask...I like
Odenwald's willingness to admit defeat. Why did nature produce
a big bang? "We simply don't know", he confesses.
July 30, 1998 page 438, Jay M. Pasachoff:
answers are clear and accurate...It is a wonderful site for
non- specialists. It is wonderful that the US space agency
NASA has helped to support it for a while....I even learned
a few things from Odenwald's book, notably that I have substantially
fewer than five billion years of life on Earth to look forward
to. Odenwald explains how expected changes in the Sun's output
may lead to extinction of life here in only 300 million years
Bloomsbury Review, July/August 1998, Cristian Salazar:
is a phenomenal achievement for a single astronomer, and an
act of outstanding charity ( Where does he find time to answer
all of these questions?)...While there are books that cover
this information in far more detail, The Astronomy Cafe benefits
from Odenwald's concise writing and sense of humor and layperson's
writing style...Odenwald is not above fielding questions about
UFOs or other bizarre celestial phenomena; in fact, he is
downright professional and evenhanded with his answers...This
is a laudable public service and one of the most exciting
and educational ways that the Internet can be used."
June 1998, Alan Caruba:
all the movies about asteroids hitting the Earth and new discoveries
happening, you can be the smartest person at the party after
reading this book."
Bleu, Inc Bookseller-by-post (1-800-433-1155), September,
Sten Odenwald spares you the long, technical essays and delivers
the unadulterated, fascinating facts. Over 300 astronomical
questions posed to Odenwald at his "Astronomy Cafe"
web site are answered in this endlessly brousable book - an
inquisitive stargazer's delight"
Enjoyable way to learn astronomy, November
By Howard Schneider (Thornhill, Ontario Canada)
consists of 365 questions submitted by the public and Odenwald's
answers, taken from the author's "Ask the Astronomer"
internet website. These questions cover topics from the solar
system to galaxies to the Big Bang. The general reader may
find this easy to read reference an enjoyable way to learn
about these topics.
Very interesting, but kept easy, July
A Kid's Review
I am only 11, and I thought this book was very easy to understand,
but he kept it interesting. I recomend this to kids my age,
as well as adults. (My Gramma found this and liked what it
was, so she got it for me.)