- Series: Mapping Science
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (October 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0304359947
- ISBN-13: 978-0304359943
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,523,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Concisely written and lavishly illustrated. Simply leafing through it will change the way you look into the night sky. -- Popular Mechanics Online, Nov. 24, 2002
From the Author
I believe that space exploration is an important and probably essential part of the destiny of humankind. Its an exciting adventure that energizes the precious human gift of wonder. The sense of awe and admiration that comes from witnessing the vastness and diversity of nature is one of the precious side benefits enjoyed by the scientists and engineers with whom I have spent much of my professional career. These are among the reasons that I designed SOLAR SYSTEM as I did. I determined to describe the marvellous discoveries we are making out there AND the ways in which we are discovering them with Earth telescopes as well as with spacecraft.
Quite by coincidence, when the book was nearly finished, I learned that SOLAR SYSTEM includes information relative to the "space studies" categories specified by the National Research Council Space Studies Board "planetary and lunar exploration; space systems; technology; earth studies; astrobiology; astronomy and astrophysics; human exploration of space; international space programs; solar and space physics; science policy; life and microgravity sciences." It also, as recommended for high school science by the National Science Teachers Association, addresses the very important "interactions between science, technology, and society." Naturally I was delighted to think that a book written for enjoyment by all age groups would likely be educational as well.
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