The Universe

The Universe

by Seymour Simon
     
 

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Have you ever tried to imagine the vastness of the universe? There are as many stars in the universe as there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world. The universe is everything that exists, now and in the past.

Once again, noted science writer Seymour Simon takes readers on a thrilling voyage into space, this time beyond our own Solar System and galaxy.

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Have you ever tried to imagine the vastness of the universe? There are as many stars in the universe as there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world. The universe is everything that exists, now and in the past.

Once again, noted science writer Seymour Simon takes readers on a thrilling voyage into space, this time beyond our own Solar System and galaxy. First, Simon explores the beginnings of our universe, starting with the Big Bang, and discusses whether the universe is still expanding. As readers pore over each breathtaking photograph, they will marvel at how new stars are born and old stars die. Finally, they will learn about some of the most fascinating mysteries of the universe, including quasars and black holes.

Informative and entertaining, this is a book that will be treasured by young and old alike.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
How vast is the universe? Well it's too great for most of us to fully comprehend, but when Simon puts things in perspective, it is possible to have a bit more understanding. In this offering, readers learn about the Big Bang and current competing theories about the continual expansion or perhaps the eventual contraction of everything. Stars are born and they die. The realization that there are at least one hundred billion galaxies in the universe, and that each of these contains about one hundred billion stars, gives one real pause to reflect on the possibilities of what is really "out there."
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Simon offers what amounts to an introduction to his long running, literally and figuratively stellar series of photo-essays on matters astronomical. Matching full-color, full- and double-page-spread-sized light and radio photographs of nebulas, galaxies, and sundry deep-space phenomena with two or three paragraphs of explanatory text, he covers a wide range of topics, from the Big Bang to quasars, from star formation to extrasolar planets. Care has been taken to keep the pictures and related text close together, and the choice of detail is guaranteed to whet youngster's appetites for a more thorough, narrowly focused treatment. Asking some of the Big Questions"Does life exist on earth-like planets in distant solar systems? Will the universe expand forever or finally stop and then collapse into a gigantic black hole?"Simon writes that "we are just at the beginning of a golden age of discovery." This book, along with the others that it leads to, will give children the solid background they will need to understandand perhaps even participate inthose discoveries.John Peters, New York Public Library

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ISBN-13:
9780060877248
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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