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  • Hardcover: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley VCH; 1 edition (26 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527408665
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527408665
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.5 x 30.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,455,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is an exhilarating and remarkable voyage into a universe that the naked eye cannot see.... Hidden Universe will, without a doubt, open your eyes and your mind to the dramatic and dazzling light–show that is out hidden universe." ( Spaceflight , May 2009) "[This] story of how different telescopes have peeled away layers of the “cosmic onion” offers a useful counterpoint to the history of the telescopes." ( Physics World , March 2009) " Hidden Universe provides a technical description of efforts to study beyond the visual but has been written in a way which would appeal to amateur astronomers who seek to understand the work of professionals especially in PRO–AM projects. Recommended." ( The Astronomer , February 2009)

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For thousands of years man used little but their eyes to observe and record the light from the stars. This changed dramatically 400 years ago when Galileo first turned his telescope towards the heavens, expanding our ability to see and understand the Universe. Yet for the next 350 years, the potential of this magnificent device was limited merely to the tiny sliver of the spectrum visible to human eyes. Only in the last 50 years or so have a series of technological advances given us access to the hidden Universe: the cosmic domains of radio waves, infrared light, ultraviolet light, X–rays... Layer by layer the cosmic onion has been peeled away to reveal a reality stunningly different from what we thought we knew about a merely visible Universe. This book shows the fundamental change in worldview brought on by expanding our perceptions to cover the full spectrum of light. Hidden Universe is lavishly illustrated. The striking images are hand–picked and partly created by the authors themselves. Boxes and illustrations give an easily accessible overview of processes, telescopes and backgrounds that make this book not only an interesting but an enjoyable and fun read.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Hunt on 15 Nov. 2009
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Hidden Universe must be one of the best sources available to the general public for understanding the amazing progress astronomy has made in recent years using telescopes and satellites which can 'see' beyond the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum, i.e. into the infra-red and radio (longer wave length) and ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma-ray (shorter wavelength)regions.

These developments, so well described and illustrated in this International Year of Astronomy book, have opened up new events and regions in our own galaxy (seen from within as the Milky Way) and into the vast regions of the universe beyond. The longer wave length experiments penetrate through the clouds of gas and dust to regions and stars which have remained hidden when using only visible light.The shorter ones reveal the most dramatic and energetic events taking place from the birth of stars to the collision of galaxies.

For anyone interested in astronomy and cosmology it is a visual and intellectual feast as well as available at a bargain price. It has a companion book 'Eyes on the Skies - 400 years of telescopic discovery' which is equally good. My recommendation is to buy both!
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