- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd (15 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770851070
- ISBN-13: 978-1770851078
- Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images Hardcover – 15 Nov 2012
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Astronomy has long been recognized as 'bait', dangled in front of children, in particular, to lure them into science more generally; and one of the facets that has always been especially tempting is the beauty of its subjects of study. Well, here is a veritable feast, culled principally from the Hubble Space Telescope and presented by a deft practitioner of outreach from Canada, Terence Dickinson. With perfect timing and a price that is an absolute snip, this dazzling book would be an ideal Christmas gift for anyone, young or old. A wide and very up-to-date range of topics in astronomy is covered, from planets of the Solar System to the remotest galaxies captured in the Ultra-Deep Field, each with stunning and crisply reproduced images accompanied by lucid text to place them in the context of the advances afforded by the HST; those images of nebulae and star clusters would be worthy of an honoured place in any great art gallery. The chequered history of the telescope itself is also treated, with the conclusion very clear -- it has been an absolute boon to astronomy and, I would add, to civilization more generally. In summary: superb!--David Strickland"The Observatory, Volume 134, No. 1243" (12/01/2014)
About the Author
Terence Dickinson is the author of 14 astronomy books, including the international bestsellers NightWatch and The Backyard Astronomer's Guide.
Top Customer Reviews
I was ordering for the sake of plain visual please. To this end, the book is a bit disappointing - it is not really large itself, and the pictures are surrounded by lots of white space. Looks nice and clean, but doesn't give the kick.
However, the text is the most informative and accessible out of all three books - to my amatuer, but interested eye (I enjoy Popular Mechanics). Learnt quite a bit.
Also - the share of actual Hubble photos (or at least composite pictures using Hubble photos) seems to be the biggest here.
My Father was surprised & loved all the beautiful pictures that this book had inside!
If you are a fan of the Universe & want to see some amazing photos then this is a brilliant book to own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
big book, lots of amazing colour photos and plenty of scientific explanations for the geek in you, would recommend if you have anyone interested in spacePublished 5 months ago by Lynn T
Have bought this as a gift and find both information and photography particularly magnificent.Published 20 months ago by Vivienne
Bought this for my husband for his birthday (15th May). I'm pretty certain he will like it.Published on 6 May 2015 by F.M.