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The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia

The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia

by Mike Goldsmith
     
 

Comprehensive illustrated encyclopedias with full-colour photographs and artwork which illustrate the informative and accessible text. A glossary and index are included along with a list of web sites for further learning.

With dramatic full-bleed artwork, a visual design that organizes the information into clear, digestible sections, the latest photography, and

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Comprehensive illustrated encyclopedias with full-colour photographs and artwork which illustrate the informative and accessible text. A glossary and index are included along with a list of web sites for further learning.

With dramatic full-bleed artwork, a visual design that organizes the information into clear, digestible sections, the latest photography, and special features such as digital cutaways, step-bystep sequences, and callouts featuring key scientific ideas, this amazing 160-page volume is the perfect guide to space for today's visual learners. Arranged thematically into five key areas—Observing Space, The Solar System, Stars and galaxies, Space Exploration, and Space in the Future—The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia by Dr. Mike Goldsmith features concise text by an astrophysics expert that is coherent, accurate and perfectly pitched for middle-grade audiences. A glossary and index are included in the back matter along with a list of web sites to take the learning beyond the book. The unbeatable combination of great design, authoritative information, and affordable price makes this the perfect home or classroom reference for any curious space explorer.

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Kirkus Reviews
A routine sweep through matters astronomical, more suitable (despite the title) for casual browsing than research or quick reference. In a conventional single-topic-per-spread format, Goldsmith skims the history of astronomy and space exploration, tours the solar system and the universe beyond, then closes with glances at dark matter and other undiscovered territory. The illustrations, most of which are digital images rather than photos, have a staid look in keeping with a text that shares roughly equal space on each page and runs to drably phrased observations. "The outer layer of the Sun is full of activity, with constantly changing sunspots and other features." Confusing oversimplifications ("The stars change throughout the year") and some murky photos further mar the presentation. Moreover, frequent references to space films and novels, comments like "The usual fate of travelers who approach a black hole too closely is to be crushed" and views of futuristic spacecraft blur the lines between fact and fiction. Handsome, at first glance, and up to date enough to include a spread on Global Positioning Systems--but one of the dimmer stars in the topical firmament. (print, Web and film resources) (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753468050
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Series:
Kingfisher Encyclopedias Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
416,173
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Dr Mike Goldsmith studied the philosophy of time and space at Keele University, where he also obtained his PhD in astrophysics. He was formerly the head of Acoustics at the UK's National Physical Laboratory and is now an author of non-fiction books for children.

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