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Uses paintings to illustrate possible stars and planets, describes the evolution of stars, and discusses nebulae, galaxies, and the Big Bang
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YA Superlatives are in order for this fine book covering ``stars and galaxies in the stages of their life cycle.'' Four well-known science writers and artists have combined their considerable ex pertise to produce this well-written and lavishly illustrated book. Color photo graphs clarify known phenomena, while a multitude of paintings brings to life possible configurations of planets, asteroids, quasars, and the stars. All as pects of deep space as we know it are addressed. Earth's place in the galaxy is clearly defined in this ``big picture'' of our vast universe. The question of whether other intelligent life forms ex ist is also given consideration. Cycles of Fire works on all levels: as a picture book, an enjoyable browsing item, or a research aid, relevant to the serious sci ence student. Anne Paget, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
With lavish paintings, charts and photographs, the authors provide an accessible yet scholarly tour of the heavens. Topics covered include basics such as the formation of stars and the shape and characteristics of the Milky Way Galaxy and theoretical questions about the creation of the universe and its form today. (Astronomers "find no end to the system of galaxies, no edges. We do not even have a fluid medium as an analog of the ocean. All we have is empty space.") In the final chapter, the authors speculate on the next potential revolution: the possibility of finding life beyond Earth. A superbly illustrated, mind-opening book.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Workman Pub Co, 1987. Condition: New. William K. Hartmann; Ron Miller (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0894805029
Book Description Workman Pub Co, 1987. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110894805029