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Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos Hardcover – 26 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 01 edition (26 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050025155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500251553
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 3.5 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Murdin's book beautifully illustrates the story of the astronomical quest ... for anyone of any age and any stage of scientific literacy or illiteracy ... Murdin has a genius for lucid explanations and attractive detail"
--A.C. Grayling, review barnesandnoble.com

'Excellent value for money, this book would be a marvellous addition for any secondary school or college library' --The School Librarian

'Beautifully produced ... delightfully illustrated with a stunning array of images ... the text is lucid and crammed with fascinating facts and figures ... an inspiring gift for anyone' --Observatory Magazine

'This book will ... provide good reading for some considerable time ... it offers excellent value at the quoted price and I can do no more than strongly recommend it' --Astronomy Now

'As we have come to expect from this publisher, the reproduction of illustrations is excellent and the volume is printed and bound to the highest standard ... I recommend it to all'
--Journal of the British Astronomical Association

'An accessible and up-to-date history of the most significant astronomical discoveries of the past'
--The Lincolnshire Echo

'Packed with pictures and lucid text ... will be of much interest to school librarians or individuals'
--School Science Review

About the Author

Paul Murdin is a senior fellow at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge and editor in chief of the "Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics." Formerly, he was head of astronomy at the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and director of science at the British National Space Centre. He is the author of "Full Meridian of Glory: Perilous Adventures in the Competition to Measure the Earth" and coauthor of "The Firefly Encyclopedia of Astronomy." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Following a lecture by Paul Murdin, I purchased his book to follow up his talk and further understand the detail, and it certainly helped me to enjoy his presentation more fully.
The sequence introducing famous astronomers from 1543 to 1919 covering an amazing range of astronomy discoveries, from the recognition that the the Sun is the centre of the Solar System to Gravitational lenses bend the path of light.
Professor Murdin fascinated his ametuer audience with the extensive details of the many discoveries and astronomy advances he covered.
Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos I purchased from Amazon at a welcome cost and although used, is in excellent condition, also supplied very quickly and now being studied with great satisfaction.

John Fifield
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This is one of the best introductory books about the universe that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It has a great story to tell: how the universe - the cosmic landscape beyond the solar system - was discovered. That storyline takes us from Galileo's discovery of the Milky Way ("a congeries of stars") to the astonishing finding that the expansion of the universe is speeding up, powered by mysterious dark energy. This fascinating tale of discovery is supported by beautiful illustrations and photographs (as we expect from Thames and Hudson). Paul Murdin's prose is, as always, superb, poetic, and accurate. Professor Murdin, a distinguished professional astronomer, has a real gift for bringing the people involved in discovery alive, and for showing how science is done. This is a highly accessible and enriching book, which beautifully showcases the awesomeness of the cosmos, without using technical language or (heavens forbid!) the biggest turnoff in popular science written by professionals: equations and calculus. I can strongly recommend this book as inspiring reading for younger people who are considering taking a degree level course in physics or astronomy, and for all watchers of the skies who want to know "what's up there?"
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Excellent book, good for finding out about the universe and astronomy.
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very pleased, exellent read
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