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The exploration of the Universe which largely began to take place in the final decades of the 20th century is the story told in Hyperspace: Our Final Frontier. There have now been space probes to all the major planets of the Earth's Solar System -- the only worlds that are likely to be physically explored in our lifetime. Beyond the Solar System, across the final frontier of space, however, astronomers are now able to explore the Universe by proxy, using evidence from light, radio waves, x-ray, and other ...
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The exploration of the Universe which largely began to take place in the final decades of the 20th century is the story told in Hyperspace: Our Final Frontier. There have now been space probes to all the major planets of the Earth's Solar System -- the only worlds that are likely to be physically explored in our lifetime. Beyond the Solar System, across the final frontier of space, however, astronomers are now able to explore the Universe by proxy, using evidence from light, radio waves, x-ray, and other information gathered by telescopes on the Earth's surface and by orbiting satellites. Astronomers can now work out the life cycles of stars, the evolution of galaxies, the location of other solar systems, and the fate of the Universe itself. Hyperspace: Our Final Frontier provides a compelling insight into the way that astronomers work, explaining how they make the discoveries that make headlines, as well as the stories behind those headlines. From the first steps which measured the distances to the nearest stars, to the latest discovery that the Universe is expanding at an ever faster rate, John Gribbin puts deep space into perspective with the aid of specially commissioned illustrations and revealing photographs from the latest generation of astronomical telescopes.
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Do not be fooled by the glossy exterior of this publication. Inside is a serious treatment of the latest theories and scientific discoveries about the cosmology of the universe. This companion book to the 2001 BBC television series Space, which also aired on The Learning Channel, is packed with fascinating information sure to interest teens who enjoy reading about the possibilities of extraterrestrial life and the ultimate fate of the universe. A visual feast, the book is chock full of stunning photographs and eye-catching illustrations. Although some of the material covered is very complex, Gribbin uses wonderful visual comparisons to clarify difficult concepts, comparing, for example, the dying radiation from a black hole to the fading smile of the Cheshire Cat. Throughout the book there are many interesting sidebars, including one that discusses the possibility that there actually might have been a Star of Bethlehem. The book also features starred quotations on some of its pages that help pique the reader's interest in the subject. Finally, each section in the chapter has helpful topic links to other areas of the book containing further information related to that topic. A wonderful follow-up to Carl Sagan's similar classic 1980 work, Cosmos, this beautiful and well-organized book would appeal both to teens with a beginning interest in the subject and those who are serious students of astronomy. The photos alone are worth the price of this highly recommended purchase for school and public libraries. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High,defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, DK, 240p, $29.95. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Jan Chapman SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
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Adult/High School-A companion book to TLC's Hyperspace, this is a guide to the universe. Gribbin provides an introduction to the basic concepts of astronomy and cosmology, such as figuring out distances to stars. He then explores the Big Bang, and looks into whether the universe will expand forever or collapse into a black hole. The author also provides the history of the search for extraterrestrial life and covers quantum mechanics and the "Many Worlds Interpretation." Several spreads on specific concepts such as spectroscopy or Schredinger's Cat are scattered throughout the text. Hyperspace is full of wonderful photos and illustrations that are simply stunning. The text is extremely well designed, with references to other pages that connect to the topic at hand. This makes the book especially accessible for browsing. The explanations are clear, concise, grounded in science, and entertaining. An appealing, informative addition with a fabulous, attention-catching cover.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789478382
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1901
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John Gribbin is a visiting faculty member in Astronomy at the University of Sussex in England and an award-winning author of many popular science books. His research interests include determining the age of the Universe and the search for life in space. He has worked on broadcasts for BBC Radio, and has been a consultant on several scientific TV programs. His books include The Birth of Time, an account relating how astronomers measure the age of the Universe, and Stardust, about the relationship between life on Earth and supernovas.
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Table of Contents

Across the Universe 8
1.1 Stepping Stones to the Universe 10
1.2 Star Birth 30
1.3 Stellar Evolution 48
1.4 Out With a Bang 62
The Fate of the Universe 76
2.1 The Big Bang 78
2.2 Cosmology for Beginners 92
2.3 Missing Mass and the Birth of Time 106
2.4 The Accelerating Universe 126
Making Contact 136
3.1 Life and the Universe 138
3.2 Talking to the Stars 152
3.3 Listening to the Stars 168
Other Worlds 182
4.1 Cosmic Coincidences 184
4.2 A Choice of Universes 202
4.3 Into the Unknown 216
Further Information 233
Picture credits 235
Index 236
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

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    The book Hyperspace by John R. Gribbin is a fascinating book on entry level astronomy and physics. It takes an interesting perspective on deep space, and theory's on deep space activities. It covers information from black holes to the big bang, and more. It also explains theories and laws of physics. The book explains Einstein¿s theory of relativity, Newton¿s laws of gravity and how they relate. Reading this book is a true eye opener into the interesting subject of astronomy and the vastness of the universe. To give you an idea of just how large the universe is the book devotes a whole section to relating sizes and measurements to a relative and understandable size. Once it examines the size of the Universe it reviews the contents within the universe. John Gribbin explains the formations and development of stars and solar systems. He also explains how the stars form galaxies and how galaxies make up galaxy clusters. As Gribbin goes into detail of how stars and matter forms he explains about dark matter and what makes most of our Universe. As he goes into the topics of dark energy and dark matter he tells us how it affects the eventual fate of the universe. The book shows the possibilities of the big crunch, the big rip, infinite expansion. The book also goes into the possibilities of life in other solar systems and ways to contacts potential advanced life. He tells us about the satellites already set up with the common goal of finding other forms of life in deep space. Finally the last topic Gribbin examines is Quantum Mechanics and the theories of multi-universe. Within this topic he examines the evidence supporting other universes. Overall the book is a fantastic and easy read, which puts a complex subject into language everyone can understand and enjoy.

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