The Universe: In 100 Key Discoveries Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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'The Universe has all the beauty of a coffee table book, with every entry accompanied by gorgeous photography' BBC Focus. (BBC Focus)
'surveys in words and breath-taking pictures the key breakthroughs that have shaped our understanding of the cosmos' Choice Magazine. (Choice Magazine)
'The book is commendably up to date ... this stands out [...] for its broad selection of images, practical format and affordable price' Sky at Night. (Sky at Night)
'stunning collection of images and essays' Sunday Telegraph. (Sunday Telegraph)
About the Author
Giles Sparrow studied Astronomy at University College London, and works as an editor specializing in popular science. He is the author of - amongst other books - The Universe and How To See It, The Stargazer's Handbook and Hubble: Window on the Universe and was a major contributor to Dorling Kindersley's Universe.
Top Customer Reviews
Some of the topics covered include quantum theory, the Big Bang, the origin of life, stellar evolution, dark matter & energy and the fate of the universe. The book concludes with a useful glossary of astronomical & cosmological terms.
'The Universe in 100 Key Discoveries' is a thought-provoking and accessible state-of-the-art guide to the wonders of astronomy and cosmology.
the kindle edition must be the best value reading material ever (it has loads of information in it) but you might want to consider the paper version because what you don't get with the kindle are some truly amazing colour images.
It is a very well-written book, never leaping too far ahead without explanation yet not getting bogged down in detail. Each chapter is fairly short, perhaps only 5-10 minutes' reading but, at 100 chapters, it's a book that will keep you busy for quite some time. As each chapter leads somewhat into the next I found it difficult to put down, wanting to know the next fascinating capsule of information.
There are many colourful and dramatic images throughout. The Kindle edition does contain the colour pictures (and can be viewed on a colour Kindle reader like the PC app) but the black and white Kindles struggle to render these to their intended effect. Nonetheless, the text is the important part and, since I paid the princely sum of 54 pence for this amazing tome of knowledge, I am not in the least disturbed. It is easily worth ten times that even without the pictures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I studied astronomy 30 years ago at university . The courses managed to remove all sense of wonder and ignore all mystery. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Damicron
This book does not describe its subjects in vast detail or twenty chapter hard to understand jargon but informs you clearly in three page write-ups the basics of each. Read morePublished on 9 July 2014 by Documenternie
I really enjoyed this book. I would consider my self to be a keen armchair astronomer. I like to read about all aspects of space science and exploration. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by Cally