DK Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Universe Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011
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'spectacularly extends DK's pictorial enyclopedias into space(Independent )
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First of all this is a book illustrated throughout on every page and the illustrations are all superb. In terms of presenting the subject matter in a digestible fashion to the reader, this is a huge benefit exceedingly well executed. And yet there is no detail overlooked or applied without commensurate explanation.
The breadth of the material included is equally impressive, no stone is left unturned, from the nature of mass and the constituent parts of atoms, gravity, radiation, particle physics, the fundamentals of the Universe, the formation of the Solar System, the orbit, atmosphere and tectonics of the planets, the history of space exploration and the birth of astronomy, the formation of stars, the position of the constellations and the nature of the stars that form them, it's all here. Even the size of the book is spot on, not too large to be unwieldy and not too small to cramp the illustrations.
It's not Roger Penrose and nor should it be, but it is a very great deal more considered than one might initially assume it may be. This books title is exactly what it is, and it is extremely well done.
For any teenager with an inquiring mind it would make a wonderful educational tool and for any adult stargazer a valuable reference. Something to return to again and again, which will always impart the same pleasure. For the uninterested browser it will even be a revelation. Such is the measure of how well the content is presented.
Don't worry about people complaining about mistakes like the one with Pluto. There are hardly any books without mistakes. I am a teacher and I have never seen a coursebook without a mistake (misprints and mistakes in answer keys). It just happens. If you can snipe it at 12.79, do not hesitate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book. DK have a long history of producing excellent 'coffee-table' type encyclopedias, but they aren't a novelty or just eye candy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Knight Solaire
Bought second hand as a gift for a curious boy... Basically, it's a beautifully produced book with excellent illustrations and short, concise facts(?). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr Colin D Smedley
Bit late writing this review. I have to agree with all the other comments about this book, it is superb, it's not necessary to read from cover to cover, it's the sort of book that... Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2012 by John
I absolutely LOVE this book.
I am a huge science geek, and my greatest loves are astrophysics and cosmology, so, one might say I'm slightly biased! Read more
I bought this book last year, and have really enjoyed it for the text and photographs. One small negative, though. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2012 by SWJ
this book is also very well laid out
the photos are (out of this world)
my grandson was amazed at how they could
get photos like that,so was I.