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The book tells the story of Edmond Halley, the first to predict the return of a comet. Though he is known mostly for his study of the heavens, he found much on earth to interest him and even carried his interests beneath its surface as he contributed to undersea exploration and made deductions about the earth’s interior. He was remarkable in his unselfishness in a competitive era of science. When Isaac Newton delayed publishing his theories of physics, Halley spent his own money to see that his colleague’s brilliant ideas were put into print. Altogether he was a thoroughly appealing man.

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