Author

Govert Schilling

Govert Schilling writes about astronomy and space exploration for newspapers and magazines including de Volkskrant, Science and New Scientist. His previous books include Werelden naast de aarde (Worlds Near the Earth, 1990), De salon van God (God’s Salon, 1993) and Tweeling aarde (Twin Earth, 1997). Flash! The hunt for cosmic super-explosions (2000) was translated into English and Chinese. He was awarded the 2002 Eureka! Prize for his contribution to popularising science and technology.

Flash! The hunt for cosmic super-explosions

Flash! The hunt for cosmic super-explosions

(Wereldbibliotheek, 2000, 272 pages)

In this compelling new book, science writer and astronomer Govert Schilling tells the story of the chance discovery of powerful gamma-ray flashes from outer space. These signals were picked up by satellites launched in the 1960s to detect illegal nuclear tests in space, and led to decades of controversy in astronomical circles.

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The Hunt for Planet X

The Hunt for Planet X

New worlds and the fate of Pluto

(Fontaine Uitgevers, 2007, 272 pages)

‘Astronomy is human handiwork,’ says Govert Schilling in The Hunt for Planet X. His description of the centuries-old quest to find new planets in our solar system offers the reader a unique glimpse behind the scenes of a branch of science that is far more adventurous and passionate than we might imagine.

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Website

http://www.govertschilling.nl