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The Universe and Beyond (Universe & Beyond (Quality)) Paperback – October 2, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1552979013 ISBN-10: 1552979016 Edition: 4th

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  • Series: Universe & Beyond (Quality)
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 4th edition (October 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552979016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552979013
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Authors of introductory astronomy books strive to cover, in a single volume, an ancient yet dynamic discipline whose scope literally spans the universe. Dickinson (Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe) and Nicolson (Heavenly Bodies) succeed in meeting this challenge. Both provide brief overviews of the universe and organize their work in traditional fashion, progressing from study of Earth and the moon to examination of more remote objects and thence to cosmology. Each book includes data obtained as recently as 1998. Both authors examine the likelihood of finding living organisms elsewhere in the solar system and the possibility of intelligent life existing in another part of the universe. Dickinson, however, devotes considerably more space to (highly speculative) discussion of extraterrestrial life. His upbeat book, displaying an abundance of stunning photographs and space art, is by far the more appealing. Nicolson's work, on the other hand, is more inclusive and covers topics in considerably more detail. It could easily serve as a college-level text (although it lacks the exercises and review questions found in many introductory textbooks). Dickinson's book is recommended for all libraries; Nicolson's for academic and larger public collections.ANancy Curtis, Fogler Lib., Univ. of Maine, Orono
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The Universe and Beyond is an excellent overview of the cosmos... Lavishly illustrated with both full-color photographs and artist's paintings, the book is comprehensive (no small feat when discussing the universe) and well organized... The explanations that help the average person comprehend the scale of the universe, combined with the wonderful illustrations, make this book a must-have for anyone interested in astronomy. (Thomas A. Lesser Science Books and Films 2000-01-00)

Astronomer Terence Dickinson presents the state of current knowledge and theory about the universe in accessible form. ... Packed with information, its photographic images augmented with explanatory graphics and artistic renderings. (Washington Post 1999-12-05)

[Of two books reviewed] Dickinson devotes considerably more space to (highly speculative) discussions of extraterrestrial life. His upbeat book, displaying an abundance of stunning photographs and space art, is by far the more appealing... Recommended for all libraries. (Library Journal 1999-01-00)

The 'beyond' subjects include cosmology, dark matter, extra-terrestrial life, UFO's, and the ultimate fate of the universe ... Lavishly illustrated with astrophotos, artworks and diagrams. (Astronomy)

This impressive volume provides an excellent overview of the heavens for the general reader. What sets it apart from a multitude of other books of its type is a lively, informative text and dozens of stunning photographs and illustrations. It is a delight to read and a delight for the eye. (Robert A. Seal American Reference Book Annual 2000-01-00)

Terence Dickinson has produced another gem in Universe and Beyond, now in its fourth and expanded edition... Every page is full of visual impact both photographically and graphically. Each illustration is complemented with an in-depth caption. (Peggy Dominy E-Streams 2005-02-00)

The latest update... continues to provide an accessible and wonderfully illustrated tour. (Sky and Telescope 2005-05-00)

Chosen as one of the "Best Books for Junior High and Young Adult 2005" by Science Books and Films. (Science Books and Films 2006-01-00)

Excellent book... exceedingly well written and filled with stunning photos and illustrations, the book is one of the best I have seen so far for use by general audiences of astronomically curious readers. (Gary W. Finiol Science Books and Films 2005-05-00)

More About the Author

Terence Dickinson is a prolific science writer specializing in astronomy. More than one million copies of his 15 books are in print in five languages. His best-known book, NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe, is widely regarded as the essential guidebook for beginning stargazers. More info: fireflybooks.com/AstronomyTerence

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Contains some of the best produced astronomical illustrations.
Howard Schneider
Dickinson's writing is flowing and brings truly mind boggling discussions into everyday perspective.
Simon Tomlin
The writing is non-technical and is easy for the uninitiated to understand.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on November 30, 2000
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A friend and I are taking an intro to astonomy course and this is one of the recommended texts. I can certainly see why. It's a very clearly written work with a heavy emphasis on planetary and solar astronomy and a lucid discussion of stellar objects visible with personal telescopes, subjects that the noviate astronomer is most likely to find of interest. The author also dedicates two chapters to the subject of theoretical astrophysics at the very basic level of cosmology, ie) the theory of the origin, the possible ultimate destiny of the universe, and the liklihood of the existance of coevil universes parallel to our own. Dickinson also throws his lot in with those who would believe in UFOs, to the extent that while he doesn't believe in the sightings people report--however well meaningly--he does believe that intelligent life is out there and may well already know of our existance. He gives a thorough and lucid outline of why he believes this to be the case. He also summarizes the SETI project and the ultimate change in position on this topic of high visibility astronomers like the late Carl Sagan, Iosif Shklovskii, and Ben Zuckerman. A very interesting book, and one that whets the appetite for further information.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Virtuoso Fan on June 10, 2007
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For the layman who is often intimidated by the scope of astronomy and science in general, this book is the ideal place to get started. I've been fascinated by the universe and outer space for as long as I can remember. There is nothing that is quite as majestic and beautiful in the physical world we observe as the unimaginable grandeur of the universe.

The book starts out with a good general overview and then starts out from home (Earth) and then gradually moves out towards other objects in the Solar System, the nearby stars, our Milky Way galaxy, and ultimately out to the farthest reaches of the universe (quasars, galaxies out in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field), examining the deepest cosmological questions.

The writing is non-technical and is easy for the uninitiated to understand. There are plenty of the latest breathtaking photos from the Hubble Telescope as well as clear illustrations. I bought a copy for my mother who has never delved into astronomy and she advised me that the book has been most enjoyable and that it opened her eyes to the wonders of space that she had never known about.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in astronomy but never had the chance to really dig in for whatever reasons. I also recommend this book to the experts who want to encourage their loved ones and friends to appreciate the universe as well. It makes a great gift to high school students, parents, and friends as well. It's one of those books that people will refer to over and over again and contemplate our place in this amazing structure we know of as the universe.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Luigi on November 12, 2003
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Well laid-out book with awesome pics and logical flow. Definitely a professional work. It does not get very deep in explanations but there is enough material for a novice to get started. Overall: VERY GOOD!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Lacher on August 26, 2000
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Excellent, highly readable book about the various aspects of the universe. Presented with fabulous photos, images, and illustrations. An absolute must-have for anyone interested in astronomy. So fantastic, it will even inspire those NOT interested in astronomy. Suitable for elementary school kids (for the photos) on up. Dickinson has an absolute talent for writing about astronomy in a clear, concise way without talking down to you or relying on too much technical jargon and does all that and makes it fascinating too. Wonderful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
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Terence Dickinson has out done himself with his latest work. Not since Sagan's Cosmos has the universe been explained in such a exciting and dymanic way. This is a wonderful merging of science fact, theory and imagination. The mental visualizations of journeys into the center of the Milky Way galaxy, over the event horizon and into a black hole and into the cosmic ocean of space and time stretch the human mind. Combine this fluid and engrossing text with the latest astronomical images and art work and this book stands out like bright supernova. I hope that all who are even remotely interested in astronomy will read this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Smith on January 30, 2007
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I have never, and I mean never, had my mind blown as much as when I read (still reading, will never stop reading) this book. I can't believe the pictures in this book. You think you've seen everything insane and out of this world there is to see and then you open this up. Ever seen one galaxy side-swipe another galaxy? The images in this book will change you, you will never be the same. I feel so small yet I feel like I'm part of this insane monster of a grand scheme. The descriptions are fantastic, you need no prior astronomy/science education to totally immerse yourself in the cosmos. Starting from earth and reaching out to as far as we have gone this book reads as if you are the explorer aboard your space craft taking it all in for yourself. There isn't a dull second during this read. Every paragraph will make your mouth drop. Realize the creature around you that is your Universe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Tomlin on October 15, 1999
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If you have a passing interest in the universe this book is a great introduction. Dickinson's writing is flowing and brings truly mind boggling discussions into everyday perspective. The production quality is excellent and is in the format of a coffee table book with incredible Hubble photographs. I purchased this book as an introduction and have read it at least five times it's that good. Read it at night and have some really good dreams.
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