220 pages, 187 Col figs
This book is a comprehensive exploration of astonomy through the eyes of the world's observatories and spacecraft missions. It features the latest images and provides a magnificent portrayal of the beauty of the cosmos. The accompanying text is an accessible guide to the science behind the wonders, with clear explanations of all the major themes in astronomy.
`With each picture excellently printed, it's a stunning showcase of new Universe....Whether you're on the lookout for the best astronomical pictures, or a primer of the latest discoveries in our fascinating Universe, you won't go far wrong in purchasing this book. Focus, April 2004
`The authors of Visions of the Cosmos use some of the most beautiful astronomical images ever snapped by telescopes and spacecraft to launch readers on a tour of the universe....if you are looking for a colourful introduction to astronomy, you'll enjoy dipping into this one.' New Scientist, March 2004
'! the most superb encapsulation of modern astronomy I have ever come across ! this is a book for all of us...a landmark popular book for astronomy.' Astronomy and Geophysics '! one of the most comprehensive, authoritative, and expertly illustrated popular books ! the pictures alone are enough to make this a must-have !'. Astronomy Magazine '! beautifully illustrated ! exactly the type of astronomy book that first captured my imagination as a child: large, glossy pages that offer a stunning tour of the cosmos in pictures...an engaging and informative introduction to astronomy.' The New York Times Book Review '! its prose is clear, precise, and sometimes lyrical ! Amateur astronomers will probably like its careful detail, attractive illustrations, and lucid discussions ! professional scientists will appreciate its thoroughness, clarity and reliability.' Sky and Telescope '! [an] authoritative work that bristles with awesome images.' The Chicago Tribune '...a tremendous lesson in science...a great book.' Los Angeles Times '...the authors enthusiasm for science and exploration shines through the text...' Astronomy and Space 'A stunning showcase of the new Universe.' Focus '! there is only one word for this book - beautiful!' Astronomy & Space 'Visions of the Cosmos offers a fascinating view of the universe that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the stars. An excellent collection of astronomical images, good value. It can be recommended.' Spaceflight 'There is only one word for this book - beautiful!' Astronomy & Space
Introduction; 1. Eyes in the sky; 2. Telescopes: multi-frequency time machines; 3. Planets on a pixel; 4. The lives of stars; 5. Galaxies - tales of stellar cities; 6. The once and future universe; 7. Stargazing - the next generation; Glossary.
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Carolyn Collins Petersen is a science journalist and creator of educational materials for astronomy. John Bradt is an adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico.