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Let it be information!,
This review is from: Bang! The Complete History of the Universe (Hardcover)
This is a very concise book about the universe and cosmology. In 200 pages the authors tried to describe the birth present and future of the universe, and succeeded cum laude. However, be warn: this is NOT a book about general astronomy. This is a book about physical cosmology. "Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects and phenomena that originate outside the Earth's atmosphere. Physical cosmology is the branch of physics and astrophysics that deals with the study of the physical origins and evolution of the Universe" (quoted from wikipedia). In order to understand and enjoy it, you must already comprehend the basics about planets, solar systems, stars, nebulae, galaxies, black holes, dark matter, antimatter particles, quarks, quasars, and so forth.
Having said that, the book is quite well written, the pictures are beautiful. The captions though are quite extended (60 words average-at least 2 in every 2-page) and tend to distract you a little from the main text. Also, another kind of tiring feature is grey frames in the bottom of the page from here to there. These are extended too and tend to distract you from your tempo of reading. Here is a tip, in one whole chapter, read first these grey frames from start to the end of the chapter. Because these are written in a plain language, they will help you a lot get through the main text, which is very epistemologically and terminologically phrased.
Finally, this might sound silly, but why the authors had to spam their qualifications and faces in the back cover? CBE, Hon DSc, FRAS, accomplished musician and composer, world renowned guitarist, The Sky at Night e. t. c. If something, they seem to cry out, "we are accomplished and famous, please buy our book".
Normal value money book
ok: Buy it: If you are really, really interested in astrophysics and cosmology. If you don't mind the terminology. If you have additional reference in astronomy. If you are committed to read it.
x: Don't buy it: If on a scale from 1 to 10 in knowledge about astronomy and astrophysics you are below 6.5. If you just want a past time reading. If you want just a reference book.
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2010 13:36:49 GMT
Avid reader says:
many thanks for your comprehensive and useful review. I was unsure whether to purchase the book or not and your review helped clarify that. I've done some studies in astrophysics and also have a few more basic books on astronomy & physics so this one seems like a relevant addition given its specific content and level. I'm sure it will be an enjoyable read.
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