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Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images [Hardcover]

Terence Dickinson
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Sept. 6 2012 1770851070 978-1770851078

The Hubble Space Telescope. No other telescope combines instant name recognition with the production of consistently spectacular images. Yet few people outside of the astronomy community realize that Hubble is now at the apex of its imaging capabilities. A collection of stunningly detailed pictures, made possible by the new Wide Field Camera 3, has yet to be incorporated into a popular-level book. Until now.

Hubble's Universe will be the premier venue for the Hubble Telescope's most recent visual splendors. Bestselling astronomy writer Terence Dickinson showcases extraordinary late-breaking pictures, many of which have yet to receive wide distribution as news stories or in publications outside scientific papers, and presents a breathtaking portfolio drawn from an archive of over 500,000 existing Hubble images.

The accompanying text balances accuracy with accessibility, Dickinson's hallmark. And thanks to the author's familiarity with Hubble's history and discoveries and his access to top Hubble scientists for insight and accuracy, the text includes facts and tidbits not found in any other book. Combined with hundreds of brilliant images, the clear, succinct and illuminating narrative brings to life the fascinating forces at work in the universe.


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Part gorgeous coffee-table book, [part] mesmerizing astronomy book, Dickinson's latest is a treasure map to the majesty of our universe. (Publisher's Weekly 2012-09-17)

Hubble's Universe....a reminder that the finest telescope in space might also be the greatest camera ever created. (The Wall Street Journal 2012-09-29)

Superbly well-produced. Any engagement with this "cosmic portfolio," from picture gazing to deep reading, is grandly rewarded. (Donna Seaman Booklist 2012-12-01)

A visually breathtaking array of Hubble's images in an extraordinary new volume...a book to fill readers with wonder. (Steven W. Beattie Quill and Quire 2012-11-29)

{starred review) Dickinson details the Hubble Space Telescope's contributions to science in both text and images. The book's precise descriptions and captions brilliantly complement the nearly 300 full-color Hubble images that form the bulk of the work. Its ten chapters showcase a selection of Hubble's most significant images with explanations of the discoveries they helped make. Especially fantastic are the images of solar wind stripping away large gas clouds that harbor stellar nurseries; images of Hubble's deep field, revealing galaxy clusters from halfway across the universe; and sublime images of vast, colorful nebulas.... Dickinson explains how all the photographed objects fit into scientists' understanding of cosmology, adding extra context to the pictures. Even if you only look at the pictures, this is an amazing book. The accompanying text and photo captions make the work outstanding. (Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado Denver Libra Library Journal 2013-01-01)

At first glance, some readers might consider this a coffee table book with just a bunch of pretty pictures--the color images are very high quality--but the substantial captions for the images are extremely well written. Though readers can find many of the images online, they will not get the same lucid descriptions of the science behind the research of each astronomical object... This book will be useful as a supplementary resource for students in introductory astronomy courses. Hopefully, it will motivate more students to learn about the amazing universe that they live in. Highly recommended. (R. Kraus, University of Denver Choice 2013-06-01)

A very well done exploration of the telescope, its uses, its history, its astonishing achievements, and its unique place in the science of astronomical observation. The spectacular pictures are certainly a major feature of the book.... A particularly impressive chapter explains six of Hubble's top discoveries that would not have been possible with earthbound telescopes... The science in it is excellent, as a layman's introduction to some otherwise difficult concepts... highly recommended for both the casual reader and the serious lover of astronomy. (John 0. Christensen, Brigham Young University, Pro Science Books and Film 2013-02-01)

For those who never liked astronomy in school, this book will change your opinion. Outer space never looked so magnificent, and this book brings it all into crystal clear perspective. (Shelf Life 2013-01-01)

Stunningly colourful and surreal photos of cosmic columns, spiral galaxies, nebulas and pulsating stars...accompanied by clear, accessible explanatory text. (Globe and Mail, Christmas 2012 Gift Book List 2012-12-08)

You won't find a better celestial tour guide than Dickinson. Pick up Hubble's Universe and enjoy the ride. (John McPhee Halifax Chronicle Herald 2012-12-09)

The science in it is excellent, as a layman's introduction to some otherwise difficult concepts.... Highly recommended. (John O. Christensen Science Books and Film 2012-11-01)

The array of pictures is simply awesome... This book is basically a feast of astrophotography. (Evan Gough Universe Today 2012-12-05)

This catalogue of discoveries made thanks to the Hubble telescope works just as well as an otherworldly art book. (David Fuller Winnipeg Free Press 2012-12-01)

There's a new Hubble picture book every year, but this year we're lucky to have one authored by the guy who wrote NightWatch and The Universe and Beyond. (Alan Boyle Cosmic Log on NBC News.com 2012-12-19)

Dickinson showcases extraordinary late-breaking pictures, many of which have yet to receive wide distribution...and presents a breathtaking portfolio drawn from an archive of over 500,000 existing Hubble images. The accompanying text balances accuracy with accessibility, Dickinson's hallmark. And thanks to the author's familiarity with Hubble's history and discoveries and his access to top Hubble scientists for insight and accuracy, the text includes facts and tidbits not found in any other book. Combined with hundreds of brilliant images, the clear narrative brings to life the fascinating forces at work in the universe. (Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin 2012-11-01)

About the Author

Terence Dickinson is the author of 14 astronomy books, including the international bestseller NightWatch and The Backyard Astronomer's Guide.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A word from Terence Dickinson Nov. 23 2012
Format:Hardcover
Length: 5:13 Mins
We were privileged to spend a little time with Terence Dickinson, author of Hubble's Universe - what a fascinating gentleman!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One word describes this book: SPECTACULAR!!!! March 16 2013
By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Close, but no cigar May 23 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and readable Feb. 25 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, mind-blowing images Feb. 16 2013
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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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