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
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
[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
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
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
The latest update... continues to provide an accessible and wonderfully illustrated tour. (Sky and Telescope
Chosen as one of the "Best Books for Junior High and Young Adult 2005" by Science Books and Films. (Science Books and Films
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