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Oct/Nov/Dec 2007Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 36 No. 4
Fall 2007

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Page Article
12 A Book of Universal Proportion, Michael Chabin
Writing the story of astronomy is what we all attempt to do, but how we do it is critical.
20 The Real Stars of Harry Potter, C. Renée James
Writer J. K. Rowling’s universe of Harry Potter and associates is colorful, complicated, and punctuated by some genuinely stellar characters.
28 Our Whirling World, Joel Marks
Talk of days and years is fine, but we cannot disentangle our world's rotation and revolution.

33 Out of the Past: Astronomy Books for the Young, Then and Now, Wayne Wood
Most of the allure of astronomy and outer space has always been what is unknown, not what is known.
Departments
4 Editorial, James C. White II
Never Far From Home
5 Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
Sizing Up a Neutron Star

6 Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
A Horse of a Different Color
7 Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
Planetary Nebulae
8 Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
The Missing Satellites Problem
9 Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Euler at 300
10 Societal Impact , Michael Gibbs
Astronomy Education from the Ground Up
11 Education Matters, David Bruning
Taking the Proof Out of Theory
38 Sky Events, Richard Talcott

42 Society Scope
46 Last Word, James G. Manning
Growing into the New Century