The Cosmic Tourist: The 100 Most Awe-inspiring Destinations in the Universe Hardcover – 11 Oct 2012
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A coffee-table tome of the top 100 sights in the universe, with sumptuous photographs of distant stars and exploding supernovae --Telegraph
Brian (May) stresses that the new book is accessible to budding astronomy beginners, describing it as "a tourist guide book to the skies" that will leave you "well into astronomy --The Huffington Post
In the book, the reader is taken around the "100 most awe-inspiring destinatinos in the universe" in an imaginary spaceship powered by the "speed of thought" and named after Sir Patrick's cat Ptolemy. The cover illustration by Brian features the trio cosied up in the rocket... --Daily Express
The Cosmic Tourist ... is a wonderful tour of the cosmos from Earth to the edge of the universe with three of the world's best-known astronomers. --All About Space
The photography is really magical...an ideal gift for anybody with an interest in astronomy --Good Book Guide
If anyone wants to get away this Christmas, here is the book with which to do it. ... The 'voyage' beyond the stars is an unexpectedly rewarding way to grasp the concept of Space --Daily Mail. Best Illustrated book in Daily Mail
If anyone wants to get away this Christmas, here is the book with which to do it. ... The 'voyage' beyond the stars is an unexpectedly rewarding way to grasp the concept of Space --Daily Mail
A book to delight the scientifically curious --New Scientist
...this beautifully produced, well-illustrated book takes a thematic journey through the cosmos... an ideal holiday package for armchair astronomers of all levels of experience --BBC The Sky At Night magazine
A book to delight the scientifically curious --New Scientist
About the Author
Brian May, although best known to the world as the lead guitarist of supergroup Queen, recently completed the PhD in astrophysics which he abandoned when Queen first started to find fame. Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-loved astronomer, author of more than 100 books, and presenter of the world's longest running TV programme, BBC's "The Sky at Night". Chris Lintott is best-known as the co-presenter, with Patrick, of "The Sky at Night". He took his first degree in Physics at Cambridge, then his PhD in Astrophysics at University College London, and is now doing further research at Oxford.
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I genuinly can't think of anything for improvement; I love the format, where you'll eventually end up millions of light-years away, and it reminded me of just how big our neighbourhood is. And reading about all the beautiful sights you'll encounter before reaching that distance at the end of the book, made me feel quite humble too. Thanks Brian, Patrick and Chris, for this treasure!
Where "Bang" gave us an extrodinary therory of the history of how things came to being in our universe, "The Cosmic Tourist" is just pure fun, providing a fantastic virtual tour of our universe. Filled with interesting facts and wonderful stunning pictures, you will find "Cosmic" quite entertaining; you will not put it down.
Astronomy, in my opinion, is a fascinating subject. It is also deeply involved in Physics and Maths making the subject a dry read at times. This book is quite the contrary. Anything you ever wanted to know about the heart of the Sun, or Olympus Mons on Mars, or orbit patterns of comets, is brilliantly presented "tour guide" style with a bit of humorous cheek. Enjoyable!!!
The conceit is simple - our three voyagers, a rock musician (who admittedly has a doctorate in astrophysics, though this doesn't necessarily make him a good science writer), a TV astronomer and an academic voyage through the universe, visiting the 100 must-see sights.
Just over half the topics are in the solar system, with the rest given over to the usual stunning Hubble images and the like. In reality, the `tourist' model wears a little thin sometimes, and it does just become a collection of 100 interesting astronomical articles - so, for instance, the last entry is on the cosmic microwave background, not exactly something our intrepid explorers can visit on the spaceship pictured on the book's cover. But some of the other entries, particularly those based in the solar system, really do give the sense of a visit guide, and so get the extra novelty of the format.
It is without doubt a good, well illustrated guide. There are better end-to-end reading books to get a real introduction to astronomy or the universe (including some of Patrick Moore's own), but the novelty of the approach could bring in some additional readers, which is great, and I think this would make an ideal gift for a teenager who is showing the first signs of an interest in astronomy, or for an older reader who enjoys a little armchair exploring, but has tired of earthbound destinations. A bit of fun.
was a hardback and the authors were known to him. Arrived on time and in excellent condition.
Really a book to read with pleasure, to read again later in time and to suggest to everybody.
Never a Science has been presented so easy and enjoiable to discover.
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Cannot comment properly as it was bought as a present for my son. The book itself looks very good and informative and my son was very happy with itPublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by Philip Maher
I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO BUY PATRICK MOORES BOOKS FOR MANY YEARS ...DO IT NOW...BETTER STILL GET YOUR WIFE TOO LIKE I DID..BUY THESE AND YOU ALSO GET BRIAN MAY THROWN IN FOR FREE.Published on 20 Jan. 2014 by Jeff Hempston
I purchased this book as a present for my spouse because the title sounded like something he'd like, rather expecting a pocket with text and possibly a few pictures (based on a... Read morePublished on 19 May 2013 by E.V.