The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy

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We live in a truly golden age of astronomy and space exploration that may allow us to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of all: How did the Universe begin? Are there other Earth-like planets out there? Are we alone? The Space Book is a gateway into these kinds of questions—and more—for anyone interested in the worlds beyond our planet.

Expanding the series that began with the highly successful volumes The Science Book and The Math Book, astronomer and planetary scientist Jim...

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Overview

We live in a truly golden age of astronomy and space exploration that may allow us to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of all: How did the Universe begin? Are there other Earth-like planets out there? Are we alone? The Space Book is a gateway into these kinds of questions—and more—for anyone interested in the worlds beyond our planet.

Expanding the series that began with the highly successful volumes The Science Book and The Math Book, astronomer and planetary scientist Jim Bell presents 250 of the most groundbreaking astronomical events, from the formation of galaxies to the recent discovery of water ice on Mars. Beautiful photographs or illustrations accompany each entry. Open the book to any page to discover some new wonder or mystery about the Universe around us.
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/27/2013
Planetary scientist and professor Bell (Postcards from Mars) highlights significant events in the for-mation of the universe in chronological order. He covers the Big Bang through the formation of the Milky Way, the discoveries and theories of ancient scientists and philosophers like Pythagoras, and the development of celestial navigation including modern exploration of Mars. Bell doesn't end with 2013, however; he completes this history of the universe with projected events such as the evaporation of Earth's oceans, the dying of the last stars, and the universe's eventual end. He acknowledges the difficulty in selecting only 250 events from across the existence of time and space, addressing his de-sire to include significant events from ancient through modern history. Each event occupies a two-page spread, with clear, concise explanations accompanied by a full-color photograph. The accessible format and captivating photos invite readers to explore at their leisure, and Bell provides a list of comments and additional references for further study, many of which are online. Space and science lovers as well as the generally curious will appreciate this volume, which is appropriate even for pre-cocious youth. Photos. (May)
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". . . the format is eye-catching and the text easy to read, with a single page of explanatory text opposite a colorful image for each item. References to other pages are noted in boldface type, and specified in a 'See Also' list at the bottom of the entry . . . the result is accessible to a general audience. VERDICT This is a fine coffee-table book, suitable for either deep study or a few moments' perusal. Recommended for readers with a casual interest in the history of astronomy and the universe, or for sparking such an interest in others.” —Library Journal
 
“Dr. Bell's The Space Book chronicles what our species does best. Follow the discoveries through the millennia, and even those to be made billions of years hence. If this doesn't humble you, fill you with awe, and get you excited about discoveries yet to come, pick it up and read through it again!”—Bill Nye, the Science Guy® and CEO of The Planetary Society
 
“An extraordinary compilation of all that matters, ever mattered, or ever will matter in the universe. While it's a stunning source of information, Jim Bell's The Space Book is nonetheless a delight to browse and even more fun to read.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Author of Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
 
 
Library Journal
Bell (astronomy, Arizona State Univ.) aims to summarize the entire 13.7-billion-year history of the universe in 250 events. A large number of said events are actually objects (e.g., planets or moons), astronomical concepts (e.g., "Main Sequence"), or a class of discoveries (e.g., "Liquid-Fueled Rocketry"). However, the format is eye-catching and the text easy to read, with a single page of explanatory text opposite a colorful image for each item. References to other pages are noted in boldface type, and specified in a "See Also" list at the bottom of the entry. By Bell's admission, the focus is centered fairly heavily on the solar system, as he prefers to discuss the physical explorations done via probe and rover rather than the conceptual ones conducted through calculation, observation, and simulation. Scholars may find that choice unbalanced, but the result is accessible to a general audience. VERDICT This is a fine coffee-table book, suitable for either deep study or a few moments' perusal. Recommended for readers with a casual interest in the history of astronomy and the universe, or for sparking such an interest in others.—Marcia R. Franklin, St. Paul, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402780714
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: Sterling Milestones
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 120,241
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jim Bell is professor at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration in Tempe, AZ, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. As president of The Planetary Society, which includes such well-known figures as Buzz Aldrin, Bill Nye, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Steven Spielberg, Jim is an active and prolific public commentator on science and space exploration, earning the 2011 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society. In addition to being a frequent contributor to such magazines as Sky & Telescope and Scientific American, he has appeared on radio, Internet blogs, television shows including the TODAY show, This American Morning, and the PBS Newshour, as well as programs on the Discovery, National Geographic, and History cable channels. Author of Postcards from Mars (Plume), Mars 3-D (Sterling) and Moon 3-D (Sterling). Jim is an active planetary scientist who has been involved in such NASA robotic exploration missions as Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rover, and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, to name a few. The 8146 Jimbell main-belt asteroid is named in his honor.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Jim Bell is a genius. The Space Book (2013) reminds me of Bill B

    Jim Bell is a genius. The Space Book (2013) reminds me of Bill Bryson's brilliant A Short History Of Nearly Everything (2004).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    The best collection of articles to take you on a chronological w

    The best collection of articles to take you on a chronological walk through astrological history. Each page was filled with a wealth of information and fascination. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book over and over. 

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