- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Belknap Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674049985
- ISBN-13: 978-0674049987
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The text is informal, but informative -- it feels like your rocket-scientist Uncle is explaining complex facts and ideas to you in layman's terms. I've always loved looking up at the night sky, but I've never really taken an interest in planetary science. This book went a long way in helping me understand just how complex and interesting the Solar System really is. While the book does cover the "50 most extreme places" in the Solar System, it's structured more like a collection of short 2-6 page essays covering specific topics than a 'Top 10' list.
All the sections are packed with interesting trivia [e.g. winds on Neptune can reach 1,000 miles per hour, Mercury has an average temperature of 336 degrees but has ice deposits, etc]. I think anyone age 10+ would find the book interesting, and the 10-and-under crowd will definitely enjoy the pictures. Some sections are more complex than others, so there's enough to keep both the highly-knowledgeable and casual reader entertained. All the sections of the book are self-contained, so you can read the book cover-to-cover or pick out an individual topic and spend 5-10 minutes reading only that section.
As other reviewers have noted, the images are absolutely terrific. The most interesting thing I discovered reading through this book is not how much we know about the Solar System, but how much we don't know about it. The book includes a glossary of terms in the back as well as a bibliography, if you're serious about learning some real planetary science.Read more ›
I gave it three stars because it's well written, despite, or considering, the brevity. It's a great throne volume; nice little 4-5 page episodes to get you through the needed time. Most of the pictures are a little small for my taste. It's no coffee table book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a beautiful book, incredible imagery, and awesome descriptions of the many things we can find in our Solar System. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kevin Q
Our solar system is vast, complex and surprising. This book is a great way to learn about it.
The volume includes a number of photos and illustrations. Read more
I wish I had this book when I was a space-obsessed child! (But let's be honest; I never grew out of that phase. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Laura
An interesting look at the natural phenomenon located throughout the solar system. Each chapter covers a different topic in a manner so that anyone can understand and appreciate... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Young Mensan BookParade
"This is the best book EVER! It is awesome. It even tells about Saturn's really cool polar cyclones. Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by Ephraim
Beautifully written and superbly illustrated. Dull, scientific subjects could easily turn off non science enthusiasts. Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by bob