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Journey By Starlight: A Time Traveler's Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything Paperback – March 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: One Peace Books (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935548239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935548232
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Jules Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires hold nary a candle to this trip. Cannonball to the moon! Hitchhike on a comet! Pah! Flitcroft and Spencer give us Einstein and interlocutor riding beams of light originating 3,200 light-years from their destination, Earth, on which, when they start out, the Trojan War rages, but which looks just like 2013 when they arrive. As they more-than-rocket onward—at the speed of light, you know—they discuss stars and atoms, the atom bomb, the big bang and microwaves, dark matter and wimps, gravity, supernovas, black holes, the history of light, quantum mechanics, relativity, space and time, planets, the sun, life, greenhouse gases, and vision, in that order and roping in plenty of subtopics en route. Avoiding confusion and condescension for the entire duration, visual physiologist and eye surgeon Flitcroft proves an ideal informant, packing the dialogue with science and just the right amount of humor to amuse without trivializing by either silliness or shortchanging the subject. An extraordinarily proficient caricaturist, Spencer makes Einstein come alive on the page in gesture and pose, and he does the same for the giants on whose shoulders Einstein says he stood—the likes of Newton, Galileo, and Kepler—when they are cited. Also, exploiting perspectival effects adroitly, Spencer makes a very verbal book zip along as if it really were astride a photon. Science comics extraordinaire! --Ray Olson

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"Dr. Flitcroft and Mr. Spencer have created a showcase for why comics and graphic novels can be the perfect teaching tools."  New York Journal of Books


"Jules Verne's Voyages Extraordinaires hold nary a candle to this trip. Science comics extraordinaire!"  Booklist starred review


"Has the potential to open up physics and the realm of Einstein to unsuspecting comics fans, which means Flitcroft's journey is a success."  Publishers Weekly


"Reading Journey by Starlight is like taking an interstellar field trip with the best teacher in the world."  Den of Geek

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 14, 2013
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This is an excellent little book for everyone from middle school age up. If you have ever had trouble understanding some of the scientific principles concerning space, quantum mechanics or relativity - let Einstein guide you on a tour.

The book is done in comic book style panels and drawings, except for a few pages in colour; it is in black and white. There is a table of contents in the beginning to guide you to the answers for such questions as; why is space called space? What is the big bang theory? If the sky is blue why are clouds white? Many questions are here you did not even know you were curious about. This would serve as a tremendous supplement to science textbooks.

There are some amazing facts in here...the cygni/swan constellation did not appear until 1600. The irritating thing is that they do not tell you why, or why muons were measured at a greater amount at the base of a mountain . You do learn why it might be raining diamonds on Neptune and the musings of Einstein if the Model T would have been sold, as it was designed to- run on peanut oil or ethanol.
This is an absolute must for anyone who is curious about science and would be a great help to any students taking those courses.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Bokser on June 2, 2013
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I wish I had this book as a kid growing up. It's an awesome science book that explains a lot of the mysteries of our universe in a fun, easy to understand manner. The illustrations are often hilarious and full of life, you could spend hours just taking in all of the tiny details that Britt Spencer put in. With all of the politicization of science in the US, I'm glad that Ian Flintcroft tries to distance himself from it in the writing. There is nothing here that is in your face atheistic or religious, so I think it appeals to anybody who has any inkling of curiosity into how our universe works.
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It has been a hit with the young people my pediatric therapy waiting area. Love the illustrations that bring the science to life!
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Maybe I'm biased because I illustrated this book and I receive royalties dependent on sales from this book- but all that aside- this book is top notch.
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