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DK Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Universe Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Re-issue edition (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405363312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405363310
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 21.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was mightily impressed with this text, and I'm not easily impressed. The information is invaluable, fascinating and extensive. The imagery is captivating, mesmerising and awe-inspiring. Words alone cannot describe it, much like the universe itself. You have to see it to believe it. Highly recommended.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is passionate about universe or just wants to find out more about space. Information: reasonably detailed, very well organized, good pictures. Quality of the book: excellent (good paper and ok binding, I've read that some had problems with it). The book doesn't get too technical but can be used as a starting point for more serious studying of various aspects of astrophysics. Overall a very good book with lots of interesting information for everyone to enjoy.
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Absolutely superb, an excellent book in every respect. Casual enough for the coffee table, detailed enough for reference and involving enough for extended browsing. This book is for everyone, whether student, scholar or layman.

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.

Bravo.
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This IS an Encyclopedia and it's primary function is to provide text information (which it does extensively), so although every page is litterd with images and diagrams, they tend to be small. A comprehensive astronomy section 'The constellations' (approx' one third of the book), provides star-charts and detailed information on the night sky throughout the year, ideal for the amateur stargazer. DK's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Universe, is an ideal text for both the interested novice as well as those wishing to expand their general knowledge. Those seeking a pictoral version of the cosmos, might like to try 'Universe' (Nicolas Cheetham).
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By Monty on 28 Mar. 2011
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A comprehensive introduction to the universe. A good amount of detail to suit all tastes. pages laid out in wall chart-style, with beautiful images. Many books in this genre are quite similar but this book is very comprehensive, even including a history of astronomy. Very reader-friendly and informative. Love it!
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I bought this stunning text on the strength of other reviews as a background text for my university astronomy course. I was expecting it to be a superb book, but it has exceeded my expectations in every way - DK have produced one of the best all round books on the subject I have ever seen. If you are thinking about getting this book, just do it, you will not be dissapointed!
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This book is one of the best I've brought. The information is written in brief sections and yet it's well explained and easy to understand. It presents complex ideas in a way that lets the reader think they could give Einstein a run for his money. The photos are excellent and some are beautiful. The book is well worth the money and I'd recommend it.
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I got this book for 12.79 quid. It is a bargain price and the book is really well written. It explains so many things and does it easily digestible. Plus you get DK quality - beautiful illustrations and photos and high quality paper. At this price, don't hesitate. I bought it with DK Science and grabbed myself a nice bargain.

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.
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