- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: DK; Rev Upd edition (September 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756698413
- ISBN-13: 978-0756698416
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.4 x 12.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've read a multitude of books on astronomy, and this one is the first to perfectly blend breathtaking images with geuinely deep detailed text, and keep it all up to date.
Keeping astronomical info up to date is my biggest concern since astronomy is revolutionized every year in the 21st century.
This book covers everything including cosmology, chemistry, and physics. I can't stress how much I love that this book includes an in-depth discussion of the fundamentals of molecules and physical laws. You cannot have a full comprehension of astronomy without knowing the chemistry, physics, and cosmology underlying the formation of the cosmos. Many books focus only on astronomy, and miss the opportunity to tie everything together. This book does not miss that opportunity, and that throws it to the top of my list of astronomy books.
Look no further. This book is a ROYAL FEAST of gorgeous pictures and enthralling facts and figures about our universe. For anyone who has an insatiable curiosity about the cosmos, this book is perfect. All eight main planets in the solar system are described in detail, and a surprising bonus was the descriptions of all the major moons of the outer planets! In addition to this, surface maps are provided of the moon as well as the terrestrial planets.
For constellation buffs, about 40% of the book is dedicated to information about the constellations and monthly star charts.
When buying it I was thinking about my 8-year old son who's crazy about googling about astronomy and making us a slideshow presentations. But when received I realized I can spend most of my time browsing it. Open any random page - read it - you will learn something new even though you think you know more than average person about astronomy. Don't be confused by amount of illustration - it's not just pictures book. It has tons of information. Bottom line - love it, it becomes a one of the best books in our house.