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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (Sept. 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770851070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770851078
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 28.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith Keenan on Nov. 23 2012
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We were privileged to spend a little time with Terence Dickinson, author of Hubble's Universe - what a fascinating gentleman!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 16 2013
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"In addition to being one of the greatest scientific instruments of all time, the Hubble Space Telescope's [HST] has given humanity a spectacular legacy of beautiful images of the universe. The best of these are displayed--and explained--in this book."

The above is found in the introduction of this mesmerizing and informative book by Terence Dickinson. He is the author of fifteen astronomy books. He was at one time staff astronomer at planetariums in Toronto and Rochester, New York. Dickinson has received numerous awards including the New York Academy of Sciences' Book of the Year Award. He has an asteroid named after him.

This book is divided into two intermingled parts: (1) images or photographs (2) text.

The images are fantastic. They are of the HST's greatest discoveries and latest images. This book contains more than 300 HST colour image. Note that a few images are not from the HST.

The text contains very comprehensive descriptions and explanations with supportive interpretive illustrations. All descriptions and explanations are grounded in science. I, personally, learned quite a bit from reading this text.

The quotation that begins this review is an example of a brief description that is located at the beginning of the introduction. Such a description is found at the beginning of each chapter:

(1) "The flagship of NASA's Great Observatory program, the [HST] is one of the most ambitious, legendary, and nail-biting science endeavours in human history. The payoff has been immeasurable: Hubble has given us the universe."

(2) "The universe was a different place in 1990, the year the [HST] was launched. The most powerful telescopes on Earth could see only halfway across the universe.
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Overall this book lives up to it's advanced billing. In my mind a dust cover elevates the presentation of a book. Instead, the printed hard cover reminds me more of a school text book. Functional but not very favourable. Still... a great story and great images.
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No matter how many times you see individual images from the Hubble Space Telescope, you never quite grasp the vast scope and profound implications they represent. This book manages to put it all together in a stunning visual and highly readable format that leaves you filled with wonder and amazement. Highly recommended to be read in conjunction with Journey of the Universe, by Brian Thomas Swimme.
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This was an amazing book filled with breath-taking images of our very own night sky. I would recommend it for anyone with a love for those baffling balls of gas that most people spend their entire lives knowing about but never really knowing the truth.
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