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Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images Hardcover – 15 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd; Compact ed. edition (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: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This catalogue of discoveries made thanks to the Hubble telescope works just as well as an otherworldly art book.--David Fuller"Winnipeg Free Press" (12/01/2012) There's a new Hubble picture book every year, but this year we're lucky to have one authored by the guy who wrote NightWatch and The Universe and Beyond.--Alan Boyle"Cosmic Log on NBC" (12/19/2012) Part gorgeous coffee-table book, [part] mesmerizing astronomy book, Dickinson's latest is a treasure map to the majesty of our universe.--Publisher's Weekly (09/17/2012) Hubble's Universe....a reminder that the finest telescope in space might also be the greatest camera ever created.-- (09/29/2012) At first glance, some readers might consider this a coffee table book with just a bunch of pretty pictures--the color images are very high quality--but the substantial captions for the images are extremely well written. Though readers can find many of the images online, they will not get the same lucid descriptions of the science behind the research of each astronomical object... This book will be useful as a supplementary resource for students in introductory astronomy courses. Hopefully, it will motivate more students to learn about the amazing universe that they live in. Highly recommended.-- (06/01/2013) A very well done exploration of the telescope, its uses, its history, its astonishing achievements, and its unique place in the science of astronomical observation. The spectacular pictures are certainly a major feature of the book.... A particularly impressive chapter explains six of Hubble's top discoveries that would not have been possible with earthbound telescopes... The science in it is excellent, as a layman's introduction to some otherwise difficult concepts... highly recommended for both the casual reader and the serious lover of astronomy.-- (02/01/2013) For those who never liked astronomy in school, this book will change your opinion. Outer space never looked so magnificent, and this book brings it all into crystal clear perspective.-- (01/01/2013) Superbly well-produced. Any engagement with this "cosmic portfolio," from picture gazing to deep reading, is grandly rewarded.-- (12/01/2012) A visually breathtaking array of Hubble's images in an extraordinary new volume...a book to fill readers with wonder.-- (11/29/2012) {starred review) Dickinson details the Hubble Space Telescope's contributions to science in both text and images. The book's precise descriptions and captions brilliantly complement the nearly 300 full-color Hubble images that form the bulk of the work. Its ten chapters showcase a selection of Hubble's most significant images with explanations of the discoveries they helped make. Especially fantastic are the images of solar wind stripping away large gas clouds that harbor stellar nurseries; images of Hubble's deep field, revealing galaxy clusters from halfway across the universe; and sublime images of vast, colorful nebulas.... Dickinson explains how all the photographed objects fit into scientists' understanding of cosmology, adding extra context to the pictures. Even if you only look at the pictures, this is an amazing book. The accompanying text and photo captions make the work outstanding.-- (01/01/2013) Stunningly colourful and surreal photos of cosmic columns, spiral galaxies, nebulas and pulsating stars...accompanied by clear, accessible explanatory text.-- (12/08/2012) You won't find a better celestial tour guide than Dickinson. Pick up Hubble's Universe and enjoy the ride.-- (12/09/2012) The science in it is excellent, as a layman's introduction to some otherwise difficult concepts.... Highly recommended.-- (11/01/2012) The array of pictures is simply awesome... This book is basically a feast of astrophotography.-- (12/05/2012) Dickinson showcases extraordinary late-breaking pictures, many of which have yet to receive wide distribution...and presents a breathtaking portfolio drawn from an archive of over 500,000 existing Hubble images. The accompanying text balances accuracy with accessibility, Dickinson's hallmark. And thanks to the author's familiarity with Hubble's history and discoveries and his access to top Hubble scientists for insight and accuracy, the text includes facts and tidbits not found in any other book. Combined with hundreds of brilliant images, the clear narrative brings to life the fascinating forces at work in the universe.-- (11/01/2012) 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!-- (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.

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