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Overview

The Universe is a bewildering place to the uninitiated. The concepts and theories that govern space seem complex and often contradictory. The Universe Revealed provides the keys to unlocking the wonders of the cosmos. Elegantly written and lavishly illustrated, it begins with the Sun and stretches through our solar system into deepest space. Lucid prose, written by many of the people who have shaped our current thinking on space, and spectacular photographs make the physics of the Universe accessible and provide a solid background for understanding the most recent astronomical discoveries. Covering the most intriguing features of the cosmos, the topics discussed range from the Earth and global warming to cosmic collisions and the size of the Universe. Major sections examine the Solar System, stars, galaxies, cosmology, and the observational techniques used by astronomers, both amateur and professional. The Universe Revealed represents the collaboration of internationally renowned experts in astronomy and cosmology, with contributions from authors including David Malin, F. Duccio Macchetto, Iain Nicholson, Neil Bone, Ian Ridpath, Seth Shostak, Mike Lancaster, Steve Miller, Ken Croswell, Geoff McNamara, and Steven Young. This extraordinary blend of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology, will appeal to amateur and armchair astronomers alike.

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The illustrations alone make this exploration into our universe a worthwhile purchase. The collaborative writings of leading cosmologists and astronomers (from institutions including MIT, the University of Illinois, and the British Astronomical Association) add to the value of this nontechnical, easy-to-read guide. Sections on the solar system, cosmology, and observational techniques cover everything from global warming to the size of the universe. Informative facts and figures are provided in side entries, and innovative cross-indexing eases usage and leads the reader to related topics. A must-see! Highly recommended for all public libraries.--Trisha Stevenson, Payson Lib., Pepperdine Univ., Malibu, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521642392
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 11.81 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Please note the book has no chapters, only spreads Introduction; How to use this book; Basic astronomical terms; Formation of the Solar System; The Sun; Mercury; Venus; The Earth; Global warming; The Moon; Mars; Life on Mars?; Jupiter; Saturn; Uranus; Neptune; Pluto; Leftovers; Asteroids; Comets; Dust and debris; Collision course; Gravitation; Light; Other.

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