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Cycles of Fire: Stars, Galaxies and the Wonder of Deep Space Paperback – June, 1988

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With lavish paintings, charts and photographs, the authors provide an accessible yet scholarly tour of the heavens. Topics covered include basics such as the formation of stars and the shape and characteristics of the Milky Way Galaxy and theoretical questions about the creation of the universe and its form today. (Astronomers "find no end to the system of galaxies, no edges. We do not even have a fluid medium as an analog of the ocean. All we have is empty space.") In the final chapter, the authors speculate on the next potential revolution: the possibility of finding life beyond Earth. A superbly illustrated, mind-opening book.
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YA Superlatives are in order for this fine book covering ``stars and galaxies in the stages of their life cycle.'' Four well-known science writers and artists have combined their considerable ex pertise to produce this well-written and lavishly illustrated book. Color photo graphs clarify known phenomena, while a multitude of paintings brings to life possible configurations of planets, asteroids, quasars, and the stars. All as pects of deep space as we know it are addressed. Earth's place in the galaxy is clearly defined in this ``big picture'' of our vast universe. The question of whether other intelligent life forms ex ist is also given consideration. Cycles of Fire works on all levels: as a picture book, an enjoyable browsing item, or a research aid, relevant to the serious sci ence student. Anne Paget, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; First Edition edition (June 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948149906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948149900
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,007,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although the science is a bit out of date (nothing horribly wrong, it just doesn't include more recent information on extra-solar planets that have been discovered, Pluto's downgrade from planet, etc.). The main strength of this book is its wonderful illustrations. The pictures are wonderful, but the real gems here are the conceptual images painted by artists to conceptualize things like the view on a planet with blue and red suns, the sunset on a planet that circles a gas giant at a great distance from the sun, the daytime view on a planet that has multiple suns (I think there are 7 in the image I'm thinking of), plus depictions of black holes (not black dots on a background of stars at all), a dual-sun in which one sun is slowly drawing gas from the other, etc.

If you have an interest in science fiction, cosmology, etc. you may find this book very interesting to browse through.

The only reason I rated it a 4 is due to its age and lack of recent information.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a walk-through of fantastic hypothetical vistas around planets, stars, and even galaxies in the cosmos. While seriously dated (pushing 20), and aimed at an audience with little or no astronomical background, the art is amazing and inspiring; this book did more to fire me up for astronomy as a child than any other. This is art you can daydream with.

Highly recommended.
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