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Venus: A Shrouded Mystery
     

Venus: A Shrouded Mystery

by Isaac Asimov, Patricia D'Andrea (Translator), Carlos Porras (Translator), Richard Hantula
 

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An up-to-the-minute examination of the celestial body that is the brightest of all the stars and planets. Topics include a comparison of Venus to Earth, Venus's blistering heat and intense atmospheric pressure, its slow backward rotation, Mariner 2's and Magellan's observations of Venus, and the planet's volcanic activity.

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An up-to-the-minute examination of the celestial body that is the brightest of all the stars and planets. Topics include a comparison of Venus to Earth, Venus's blistering heat and intense atmospheric pressure, its slow backward rotation, Mariner 2's and Magellan's observations of Venus, and the planet's volcanic activity.

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Children's Literature
Generally, the books from "Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe" series are soundly written with plenty of clear scientific explanations and interesting facts, but they are not terribly exciting. Each book reads like the next, as they all progress through the history of scientific discoveries leading to what we know about the particularly celestial body today. But this volume escapes the rigid formatting and repetitive writing of the series and shines in its impressive content. The book begins with a time-lapse photo sequence of the moon and Venus moving across the Oklahoma sky. It also includes a marvelous photograph of the planet's clouds along its north pole. This is certainly one of the better volumes from the series, probably because scientists know more about Venus than they know about more distant planets. This is certainly one of the better volumes from the series. It is a wonderful addition to a classroom or school library. 2004 (orig. 1988), Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 6 to 10.
—Veronica Betancourt

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836838640
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of 21, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 400 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas. Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades, until he died, at the age of 72, in April 1992.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 20, 1920
Date of Death:
April 6, 1992
Place of Birth:
Petrovichi, Russia
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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