This book, produced by the Smithsonian and the Space Telescope Science Institute, presents some the most famous photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope from the solar system to the edge of visible space. The large coffee table format of the book helps present these photographs in all their magnificence. The book opens with a brief description of the telescope and its capabilities. Next, the book covers the solar system, then moves on to objects in the Milky Way, the individual galaxies, and finally the universe. In essence, this progression of photographs shows the reader how Hubble is looking backward in time to the big bang. While the selected photographs are excellent and the large size of the book enhances their grandeur, sixty pages do not do justice to the many incredible photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
This is a lovely collection of the best of the Hubble photographs that had been done at the time of publication. Although they have been seen many times, and in many different formats, this book puts them all together in one place. It's too bad that some of the more recent spectacular Hubble shots weren't included, but the author's deadline was probably the culprit; it wasn't as a result of deliberate omission. This is, perhaps, a "coffee table book", but unlike most books that fall into that category, this one is paperback and very affordable. I can't wait for Mark Voit to do a Volume 2!
The book comes in two-versions. One is a paperback and the other is a hardback, which I own. I would definately call the hardback a coffee table book. Large format photos, in a book that opens nicely for great viewing