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Science  28 Jul 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3474, pp. 272-275
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3474.272


Shapley's book is the only one of the seven which will be of substantial assistance in the training of astronomy students at the graduate level. Although a number of excellent advanced monographs are now available or are in the making, textbooks on the junior, senior, and first-year graduate level are sorely needed.

The other volumes will be useful, in one way or another, to students and in informing the general public about astronomy. Both Schneider's and King's volumes will be helpful at the junior-high and high-school levels, and they will also be of interest to the general public. The volumes by Stokley and Inglis will probably find their greatest use at the beginning college level. Music of the Spheres is thoroughly enjoyable reading and should become a popular classic. Ronan's book, except for the shortcomings of the final chapter, gives a readable and well-balanced account of astronomical history.