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Universe a Journey From Earth to the Edge of the Cosmos Paperback – 2007

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"Seven Brief Lessons on Physics" by Carlo Rovelli
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847241433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847241436
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 10 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very interesting book for beginners who are interested in astronomy and want to know more about the universe and the objects in the cosmos. The book starts at earth and ends at probably the farthest object known to humans with descriptions for every planet, moon, star, nebula and galaxies. It also comes with a glossary at the end if you are not sure about the definitions of certain words!!
A must have book in the collection :)
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The furthest man has traveled away from earth: 1.3 seconds. Light seconds that is. 1.3 seconds out of 13.7 billion years of total 'depth' of the universe. On cosmic scales we are incredibly immobile, but... we can look deep.

With recent scientific and technological advances (Hubble Space Telescope, WMAP) we can look where none of us will ever travel. Deep down into the history of the universe. This book gives a magnificent display of this visual journey. From our neighbor next door (the Moon) at 1.3 seconds, via the planets in the solar system (up to a few hours away), the Oort Cloud (a year away), our Galaxy (with it's center being 25 thousand years away), the Magellanic clouds (160 thousand years away), galaxies near (a few millions years) and distant (hundreds of million years), to the very edge in time: Galactic clusters, Quasars and finally the WMAP echo of the Big Bang more than 13 billion years away.

This book will make you marvel at the accomplishments of modern astronomy. Each page is a picture with a minimum amount of text: name of the object, distance from earth (in light seconds, minutes or years), and a few key facts. The pictures are magnificent. Buy this book if you want to get a perspective on mankind's place in this vast universe.

I bought the paperback. Be aware that the hardcover version can be bought for well below 10 dollar. A steal.
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Amazing photos. I need to buy a second copy so that I can frame some of the pictures. (That copy will certainly be a soft-cover version.)
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This book reveals the magnificence of our universe with pictures of stellar phenomena such as our spiral galaxy, various star formations and includes a short description of each. I like the book but would have enjoyed it more if the photos had been sharper. Maybe that's the result of the printing but, despite that drawback, this is a book worth having. It's a good starter book to get kids interested in the wonders of creation. The nominal price makes it a little easier to overlook the blurred photos.
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I lost my original copy and longed for the beautiful images, this book not only has a superb collection of space imagery, but also has a very unique approach to unraveling the Universe.
Great if you appreciate beauty, even better if you're into science.
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