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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd; 5th edition (27 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554077486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554077489
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 28.6 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,618,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Review of earlier edition: ] Excellent book... exceedingly well written and filled with stunning photos and illustrations, the book is one of the best I have seen so far for use by general audiences of astronomically curious readers.--Gary W. Finiol"Science Books and Films" (05/01/2005)

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Come on a Journey to the Edge of Space and Time
"This is the best book of its type I have ever seen--not really a textbook, despite its accurate coverage of the most interesting parts of modern astronomy, but not just a coffee table book either, although it is superbly designed, illustrated and produced. It is something in between and marvelous…. Presented with an almost magical combination of authority, wonder, and love."

-Science Books & Film, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science

"Astronomer Terence Dickinson presents the state of current knowledge and theory about the universe in accessible form." -The Washington Post

Stand on the deserts of Mars. Plunge into the abyss of a giant black hole. Venture to the seething center of our own galaxy.

Through more than 100 full-color illustrations and photographs and an authoritative text by Dickinson, "The Universe and Beyond" takes the reader on a realistic journey from the Earth's surface to the most remote boundaries of the universe--and farther.

Using recent astronomical discoveries--not science fiction--Dickinson describes massive cannibal galaxies, unveils the mysteries of quasars and outlines the inevitable fate of our ever-expanding universe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian S. Johnson on 12 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
This is simply a marvelous book. The text and diagrams are very clear and the multitude of photographs, many of them from the Hubble telescope simply stunning. Complicated ideas are explained with great clarity. Anyone, scientist or non-scientist will find this and interesting and exciting book, not only for the insights into the known universe but also some of the exciting ideas about possibilities beyond. Printed on high quality paper, it represents excellent value for money and I have just bought a second copy to give as a present.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A good general text for the beginning astronomer 30 Nov 2000
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A friend and I are taking an intro to astonomy course and this is one of the recommended texts. I can certainly see why. It's a very clearly written work with a heavy emphasis on planetary and solar astronomy and a lucid discussion of stellar objects visible with personal telescopes, subjects that the noviate astronomer is most likely to find of interest. The author also dedicates two chapters to the subject of theoretical astrophysics at the very basic level of cosmology, ie) the theory of the origin, the possible ultimate destiny of the universe, and the liklihood of the existance of coevil universes parallel to our own. Dickinson also throws his lot in with those who would believe in UFOs, to the extent that while he doesn't believe in the sightings people report--however well meaningly--he does believe that intelligent life is out there and may well already know of our existance. He gives a thorough and lucid outline of why he believes this to be the case. He also summarizes the SETI project and the ultimate change in position on this topic of high visibility astronomers like the late Carl Sagan, Iosif Shklovskii, and Ben Zuckerman. A very interesting book, and one that whets the appetite for further information.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Beginner's Overview of the Universe 10 Jun 2007
By Virtuoso Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For the layman who is often intimidated by the scope of astronomy and science in general, this book is the ideal place to get started. I've been fascinated by the universe and outer space for as long as I can remember. There is nothing that is quite as majestic and beautiful in the physical world we observe as the unimaginable grandeur of the universe.

The book starts out with a good general overview and then starts out from home (Earth) and then gradually moves out towards other objects in the Solar System, the nearby stars, our Milky Way galaxy, and ultimately out to the farthest reaches of the universe (quasars, galaxies out in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field), examining the deepest cosmological questions.

The writing is non-technical and is easy for the uninitiated to understand. There are plenty of the latest breathtaking photos from the Hubble Telescope as well as clear illustrations. I bought a copy for my mother who has never delved into astronomy and she advised me that the book has been most enjoyable and that it opened her eyes to the wonders of space that she had never known about.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in astronomy but never had the chance to really dig in for whatever reasons. I also recommend this book to the experts who want to encourage their loved ones and friends to appreciate the universe as well. It makes a great gift to high school students, parents, and friends as well. It's one of those books that people will refer to over and over again and contemplate our place in this amazing structure we know of as the universe.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great book overall! 13 Nov 2003
By Luigi - Published on Amazon.com
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Well laid-out book with awesome pics and logical flow. Definitely a professional work. It does not get very deep in explanations but there is enough material for a novice to get started. Overall: VERY GOOD!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding 27 Aug 2000
By C. Lacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent, highly readable book about the various aspects of the universe. Presented with fabulous photos, images, and illustrations. An absolute must-have for anyone interested in astronomy. So fantastic, it will even inspire those NOT interested in astronomy. Suitable for elementary school kids (for the photos) on up. Dickinson has an absolute talent for writing about astronomy in a clear, concise way without talking down to you or relying on too much technical jargon and does all that and makes it fascinating too. Wonderful.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Exciting adventure into the cosmos 10 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Terence Dickinson has out done himself with his latest work. Not since Sagan's Cosmos has the universe been explained in such a exciting and dymanic way. This is a wonderful merging of science fact, theory and imagination. The mental visualizations of journeys into the center of the Milky Way galaxy, over the event horizon and into a black hole and into the cosmic ocean of space and time stretch the human mind. Combine this fluid and engrossing text with the latest astronomical images and art work and this book stands out like bright supernova. I hope that all who are even remotely interested in astronomy will read this.
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