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Majestic Universe

Majestic Universe
Views from Here to Infinity

$112.00 (G)

  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521663076

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  • Only a book this big could convey the majesty of the ever-expanding universe and provide a glimpse into the ultimate limits of space. Originally published in French in 1997 and updated to include recent developments, this volume takes readers on a unique, scenic exploration of the universe. More than 200 incredible, full-color photographs gathered from the Hubble Space Telescope and the largest telescopes in the world capture the magic and wonder found in the vast expanse of the universe. In a beautiful, large format, containing many full-page color spreads, Majestic Universe allows readers to witness the birth of stars; scan the sky for extrasolar planets; venture near black holes; travel into the realm of galaxies and clusters of galaxies; gauge the vastness of space with Hipparcos; and finally wonder about the history and future of our mysterious universe. Clear, enthusiastic captions accompany each image, providing details on the great theories of the structure of the cosmos; descriptions of the latest advances in cosmology; and a trip into the past in search of the origins of the universe, of space, and of time. Majestice Universe is the ultimate "vehicle" for armchair space buffs to explore the final frontier. Serge Brunier is chief editor of the journal Ciel et Espace, a photo-journalist, and the author of many nonfiction books aimed at both specialists and the general public.

    • Over 200 incredible images of the universe taken by Hubble and the biggest telescopes in the world
    • Up to date news about the origin, structure and future of the cosmos
    • Large-format and full-colour throughout
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    "Brunier leads the reader through the vast universe of stars, galaxies, black holes, and the enigmas that puzzle today's cosmologists. The photographs, in full color, are magnificent--and take us out to the edges of the known universe, across billions of years of time and billions of lightyears of distance." Scripps-Howard News Service

    "...for the serious amateur seeking fresh insight." San Jose Mercury News

    "Brunier presents an awe-inspiring look at the universe...a beautiful volume to update the astronomical collection in science...If your school has astronomy classes and an observatory, this is a must-have reading for conceptualization and inspiration. For the rest of us, it is a beautiful volume to update the astronomical collection in science." Book Report

    "This really is a magnificent book, a joy to simply thumb through and a pleasure to read...deserves a place on the shelf of anyone who is interested in astronomy or the ultimate questions surrounding the origin and nature of the universe." Science Books & Films

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    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521663076
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 366 x 260 x 27 mm
    • weight: 2.09kg
    • contains: 200 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    1. The history of cosmology
    2. The galaxy, an island in space
    3. A thousand generations of stars
    4. The next supernova
    5. Planets by the billion?
    6. The enigma at the heart of the Milky Way
    7. A sea of galaxies
    8. The architecture of the universe
    9. The Big Bang, and the history of the universe
    10. Gravitational lenses
    11. The mystery of the missing mass
    12. Searching for the ultimate
    13. Towards the cosmological horizon
    Appendices
    Glossary
    Index
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Serge Brunier, Ciel et Espace

    Translator

    Storm Dunlop

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