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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
Giles Sparrow's 'Cosmos' is a fantastic journey through space. From the innermost objects in our solar system, to the outermost limits of known space, and everything in between, Sparrow brings us in depth descriptions and amazing pictures of our universe.

This is the best book about space and astronomy that Ive ever purchased. This book is a perfect introduction to the universe for beginners, yet provides fascinating information and pictures even for veteran and professional astronomers.

The book is huge physically, which is appropriate considering the contents inside it. And at the price its going now, it is a huge value. Highly recommended.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
From a review of the best beautiful astronomy & space books, on my Xanga blog AeroGo (see profile for info):

"[A] quite impressive book from the UK is Giles Sparrow's Cosmos: A Field Guide, a very large hardback. Besides the many large illustrations of various sorts, such as the Himalayas from space, a scale of Saturn's rings and moons, and many beautiful planetary nebulae, Cosmos has the best depiction I've seen of the universe as a whole. This is done (pp. 204-5) with a fascinating series of depictions of our own galactic cluster and how it fits into larger clusters and superclusters.

The creators of Cosmos are also to be commended for their good taste in putting one of my favorites, the Sombrero Galaxy, on the cover. In all, this book is an outstanding coffee table book, and about big enough to be a coffee table!"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What a beautiful volume! This book provides a view of the cosmos, with amazing photos and fine visual representations. The author notes (page 6): "The aim of this book is to help make sense of our crowded, chaotic cosmos. . . .Along the route of our celestial odyssey, we attempt not only to explain the nature of the different objects we encounter, but also try to put them in the wider context of history--their own, and that of the cosmos as a whole."

This is a massive volume, weighing a lot, with very large sized pages. This format allows much space to depict wonderful photos and representations on the cosmos. And for a pretty reasonable price at that!

The first part of the book focuses on the "Interplanetary." Each planet and other characters in the Solar system (such as the asteroids and moons) get space here. For instance, the treatment of Earth features photos that illustrate landforms, tectonics, and life. Only a few pages, but a lot of stuff is jammed into that space.

Part II is entitled "Interstellar," and focuses on the stars, with some enchanting images of the Milky Way galaxy, star clusters, nebulae, and so on. Visually stunning.

Part III, in turn, explores the "Intergalactic." The "local group" (including The Milky Way, Andromeda, Magellanic Clouds, etc.) leads this segment of the volume off. Other galaxies are also presented, with this part ending with a consideration of galactic evolution.

The fourth, and final, part of the book looks at "Deep Space and Time." This concludes with an examination of "The Big Bang" and "The End."

For those interested in where Earth fits into the larger universe, this is an interesting book. It is an accessible work; one need not be an astronomer to appreciate this. A wonderful work!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2008
The subject of this book is so gargantuan and the sheer size of the book itself reflects that. When LOOKING at this book, one will become completely overwhelmed by the incomprehensible magnitude of the known universe and the absolute specs of dust (even less!) that we are as humans inhabiting it. The pictures in this book bring tears to my eyes often upon viewing. If anything came close to being able to fathom the unfathomable power, scope, size and beauty of known life, this book is it. I cannot believe I bought it for $29.95 when it should have costed at least $100. Its worth is priceless when you consider that its actually a book that can impact you so heavily with thoughts about life, the meaning of existence, god, time, eternity, etc. to such a degree that no other book I've read can come close to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Half a century ago, LIFE published some of the first color photographs taken through astronomical telescopes. It was a revelation.

This book goes several orders of magnitude beyond "revelation". You just sit there gasping at the incredible beauty of the universe.

This is not just another huge coffee-table book. You are likely to return to it over and over, until you've studied the details of every photograph and read every word of text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2008
Amazingly detailed pictures of the cosmos from space probes and Hubble due to quality printing and the fact that this book has some serious real estate. It measurs 17.3 x 14.2 inches!! Like a posterbook. When you think of the work and money it took to get some of these photos, especially the outer planets, you come up with millions of dollars invested to get us these shots. Very inspiring to anyone who loves sci fi since this is the real deal and what it's based on. An amazing gift we have been given to see what is out there ...so so far away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 27, 2011
I got this for my son's 11th birthday. He was so enthralled, he went through it page by page right then and there. It's an enormous black book, and the pages are very thick paper. And the photos -- they are truly stunning. Our whole family was just mesmerized for a good hour. He's already gone back to it several times.

Words cannot do this book justice. I hope that the publisher adds some photos from inside the book so you can see just gorgeous these pictures are. It's high science and high art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2010
This book caught my eye at the library about 3 years ago, so I decided to check it out. Little did I know that it would lead me to the door that would open to a world of astronomy, and spark a new hobby and fascination. The book is very large with beautiful pictures of so many objects in out universe. The text is precise, but not to uninformative. I have since bought other astronomy books since I have this new fascination, but every one has been slightly less satisfying than this book. It would be the perfect coffee table book, except for it is so priceless to me I don't want it to really get damaged from kids and visitors, you know? I also got "the planets" by Giles Sparrow, and it was a great book with a focus on our solar system, however, it was not the same size. It is a good book in it's own right, but the Cosmos blows your mind. Very highly rated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2009
I own a large number of books on this subject, but none are nearly as good as this one! I regularly visit the various space probe sites to view and save the best of their latest photos but this huge format book is literally filled with stunning, high resolution, beautifully printed photos I must have missed. It's an absolutely perfect selection of the best photographs brilliantly arranged. If you are into space photography this is THE book for you. Even if you aren't, this is the perfect "coffee table book" that your guests will love.

Honestly, if I had to throw away all of the books I own on this subject with the exception of just one, THIS would be the book I'd keep and that would be an easy decision.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2009
If you have any interest in space at all this is the one and only book you need.The pictures are all beautiful ,the writing is detailed enough without being confusing and the size alone is impressive.I have owned this book for quite some time now and have never put it "up" yet.It is always open on my coffee table and when I have a moment I stop and read a little or just take a minute to marvel at what is "out there".It gives info. about the planets,moons,stars,sun and on and on.Trust me you will not regret owning this book.
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