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Universe Paperback – 19 May 2008
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Amazing photographs, excellent text, up-to-date.
The book is divided into three sections
1)Basic concepts of astronomy
a)What is the universe
b)The beginning and end of the universe
c)The view from the earth
2)Guide to the universe
b)The Milky Way
c)Beyond the Milky Way
3)The night sky
b)Monthly sky guide
If you are interested in astronomy-cosmology then this book should be in your library.
Not just a visual guide, this book is packed with interesting facts, especially, about the fabric of space-time, the origin and the end of the universe and space flight.
Everything we should know about our Earth, the Moon and surrounding planets, Galaxies and Nebulas to the 'edge' of the Universe are lavishly illustrated and knowledgeably explained, leaving just enough of the mysteries for us to look at and wonder.
Just open this beautiful, huge and heavy book at any page at random and you will be blown away. The quality of print, photographs, animations and artwork is unsurpassed and the research and, yes, centuries of history and knowledge that have made this book possible are all laid out. They all combine to truly make it 'the Definitive Visual Guide'. You will need no other to understand your place in the Universe.
It took some courage to undertake the production of such a magnificent volume of over 500 pages at such a give-away price and we all wish the DK company success. But there is a different and frightening kind of bravery needed to really show how insignificant and indeed random is the existance our planet Earth. You will see how we were formed, what a tiny place we occupy and finally how we will be swallowed up and snuffed out by what is now the friendly, but expanding, Sun. That is of course if the approaching Anromeda Galaxy doesn't get us first.
This is an unforgettable work of art and science into which you can dip at random anytime. It will truly change your life and the way you see things, for the better. If you only ever again buy one book, make sure it is this: 'Universe, the Definitive Visual Guide'.
Tim Costello, Dublin, Ireland.
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It is well written to make it an easy read and the pictures and illustrations put everything into perspective & are mind blowing. How can people still believe that we are alone in the vastness of our universe I'll never know. This book is a MUST for anybody interested in Astronomy.....
A big thank you to all involved in making this book.
Dorling Kindersley are brilliant at producing these complete reference guides, I also have their Dinosaur reference book which is similarly broad in depth. Pretty much everything you need to know about the Universe, without going into specialised areas, is here in this book. If you only ever buy one book on space, this should be it.
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