Recently bought the book; great stuff, [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img] except...
A few years ago I read a fascinating book by the astrophysicist Dr John Gribbin called "The Birth of Time: How astronomers measured the age of the universe". I remember being very impressed with Gribbin's writing style, thinking he had found the perfect balance when dealing with his readership. He doesn't treat you like a complete layman with no knowledge of astronomy, and yet he avoids overly complex math and physics which would certainly alienate many people. I also thought that I might one day like to read some of his other works - especially his "A Life In Science" series (though I still haven't gotten around to it).
So imagine my shock and horror when, while reading the chapter in the THE BOOK which deals with the so-called planetary alignment disaster of 2000, I discover that one of the key proponents of this nonsense has been none other than - John Gribbin! [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_eek.gif[/img] ("The Jupiter Effect").
I haven't been able to get sufficient information through searching on the net, so somebody, please tell me that somehow there are TWO popular astronomy writers called John Gribbin.
I know that this is a long shot, and perhaps I might just have to deal with the fact that even a respectable astrophysicist can have severe fits of irrational thought. But who would publish such fits as a scientific text? (not just once, but TWICE? - "Beyond the Jupiter Effect")