on June 15, 2009
This is a great book! The excellent organization of pictures and information make it great for an occasional-viewing coffee table book, while the intruiging and well-written information make it great to read from cover to cover (if you have time!). I read it cover to cover and have gained a significant amount of knowledge regarding all aspects of the universe.
The book starts with a 110-page introduction to the universe and astronomy. This section includes subjects such as the scale of the universe, the physics of matter and the universe, the beginning of the universe, the fate of the universe, techniques for amateur astronomers, and the history of astronomy.
The next 210 pages present the details about all types of astronomical bodies. It starts with the solar system, then goes onto the Milky Way, and finally beyond the Milky Way. Extensive detail is given for all the planets, comets and other bodies in the solar system, all types of stars, and all types of galaxies.
The final section of the book is a 150-page guide for star-gazers. Charts of the night sky from all points on Earth at all times of the year are given, as well as details on interesting sights that can be seen at certain times and places.
I would recommend this book to everyone. It's readable by almost anyone age 8 and up, and people of all ages will enjoy the astonishing pictures. Basically, when you think of all the aspects and features that an ideal book on the topic of the universe would include, you will be imagining this book. It's almost flawless.