Eric Garen's Poems of the Planets
Discover how educator and astrophotographer Eric Garen (BS '68) combined his love of language and scientific training into Poems of the Planets: Solar System Science in Verse and Prose.
Originally written with middle school students in mind, the book invites readers of all ages to delight in the hidden wonders of our solar system, from the highly corrosive atmosphere of Venus to the wacky antics of the moons circling within the icy rings of Saturn and everything in between.
Garen will be joined by Katherine de Kleer, assistant professor of planetary science and astronomy at Caltech, who served as science advisor for the book.
While I've tried to make every concept as clear as possible, I also tried not to over-simplify either the words or the science. As the book explores the solar system, you'll be introduced to important basic concepts in chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and oceanography, as well as topics in geography, history and mythology. The interrelationships between these disciplines creates a more comprehensive understanding of each, and of our amazing solar system.
Poems of the Planets: Solar System Science in Verse and Prose is available on Amazon.