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The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0674049987
ISBN-10: 0674049985
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Product Details

  • 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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I am really amazed that a book can excite an adult practicing scientist and still manage to capture the attention of non scientists everywhere! The authors have done an amazing job. They take us on an adventurous trip into the extremes of the universe, with self-contained sections complete with photos and explanations. One can "read around" or sit down and read from beginning to end. The reader is assumed to be somewhat educated and definitely curious, but the authors fill in where we are lacking. They investigate the extremes in physical places in the universe as well as extreme events in time and historical happenings. The photos are amazing (and plentiful). Although the book is clearly stimulating for an adult audience, it would also be a great gift for an intellectually curious and talented older child. I have not seen a book this exciting in a good few years, and I highly recommend it for your own pleasure, as well as for potential pleasure for your brighter children or for your friends/family.
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I was skeptical that I would enjoy this book, but it was recommended to me by a friend and I decided to give it a try. Needless to say, I'm glad I did.

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.
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Great book for both those just getting into astronomy and planetary science as well as those who are long time enthusiasts like myself. There are a lot of great pictures and diagrams that add depth and help the reader really get an understanding of the phenomena being described. The text is well-written, informative and often witty or just plain funny. While this can be easily digested by youngsters, there is enough scientific depth in each section to teach you something that you certainly didn't know. Personal favorite "extremes" were extreme impact craters, Jupiter's magnetosphere and Frankenmoon.
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By Woody on August 27, 2011
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I'm sorry, but I was disappointed in this book. If you keep up with science, especially planetary science, at all, there's really not much in here that you don't already know. I'm really surprised that so far, I'm the only disenter here.

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.
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I have collected books like this since I was a kid wanting to be an astronaut. This is one of the best by far. It combines tons of great high def pictures, extreme information and a semi-Guinness-Book-of-World (Universe!) Records feel all in one book. This would be a great gift for almost anyone that is even slightly interested in the natural world, space exploration or atmospheric sciences. It might even spure somebody to pursue a career in this field. You can pick it up and put it down or stay up all night trying to figure out which place really is the most extreme. Fantastic Book!
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By JT on December 4, 2010
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The kids and I have walked through the extreme places in our universe and have thouroughly enjoyed the journey!!! Mr Baker has written a book that is at home, "at home", as well as smack dab in the middle of acedemia. The pictures are gorgeous and the topics are compartmentalized in such a way that you can read for a short time and be able to knock out a section without losing continuity. Then you can come back later and start fresh in a different place in our universe!!! Text is written so that the casual reader as well as the student or scholar will be able to gleen what they need and learn something new along the way!!! Recommended highly for both the layperson and seasoned veteran alike!!!! Great book to get the kiddos hooked!!!
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