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Hyperspace : our final frontier
Gribbin, John, 1946-
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First US edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Publ., 2001.
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Discusses the advancement of the study of the universe and the tools that astronomers use to study the cosmos.
General Note:
"This book is published to accompany the television series Space which was produced by the BBC and was first broadcast in 2001."--T.p. verso.
Across the universe -- The fate of the universe -- Making contact -- Other worlds.
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Space (Television program)
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QB981 .G7565 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB981 .G7565 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The exploration of the Universe which largely began to take place in the final decades of the 20th century is the story told in Hyperspace: Our Final Frontier. There have now been space probes to all the major planets of the Earth's Solar System -- the only worlds that are likely to be physically explored in our lifetime. Beyond the Solar System, across the final frontier of space, however, astronomers are now able to explore the Universe by proxy, using evidence from light, radio waves, x-ray, and other information gathered by telescopes on the Earth's surface and by orbiting satellites. Astronomers can now work out the life cycles of stars, the evolution of galaxies, the location of other solar systems, and the fate of the Universe itself. Hyperspace: Our Final Frontier provides a compelling insight into the way that astronomers work, explaining how they make the discoveries that make headlines, as well as the stories behind those headlines. From the first steps which measured the distances to the nearest stars, to the latest discovery that the Universe is expanding at an ever faster rate, John Gribbin puts deep space into perspective with the aid of specially commissioned illustrations and revealing photographs from the latest generation of astronomical telescopes.

Author Notes

John R. Gribbin (born 19 March 1946) is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings include quantum physics, human evolution, climate change, global warming, the origins of the universe, and biographies of famous scientists. He also writes science fiction.

In 1984, Gribbin published In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality, the book that he is best known for, which continues to sell well even after years of publication. At the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists, the Association of British Science Writers presented Gribbin with their Lifetime Achievement award.

(Bowker Author Biography) John Gribbin, visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. He is married to Mary Grivvin, also a science writer.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The companion to the BBC television series Space, this appealing picture book explores, in plain language and lots of amazing images, our universe as we currently understand it. Although concentrating on mainstream cosmological topics like the big bang and the life of stars, award-winning popular science writer Gribbin slips in a fair amount of hard science to provide even the casual reader with solid background knowledge. Topics such as the Doppler effect, parallax, spectroscopy, and the conundrums of quantum physics are neatly introduced, but the real attraction is the visual beauty of the wonderfully reproduced photographs from the Hubble space telescope, which has given us pictures from space both near and far in detail never before seen. The shots of Mars and Venus, comets, quasars, fields of distant galaxies, and especially the otherworldly nebulae, the breeding ground of stars, are sights to behold. Each topic will be explored in further detail in three forthcoming titles. --David Siegfried

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-A companion book to TLC's Hyperspace, this is a guide to the universe. Gribbin provides an introduction to the basic concepts of astronomy and cosmology, such as figuring out distances to stars. He then explores the Big Bang, and looks into whether the universe will expand forever or collapse into a black hole. The author also provides the history of the search for extraterrestrial life and covers quantum mechanics and the "Many Worlds Interpretation." Several spreads on specific concepts such as spectroscopy or Schredinger's Cat are scattered throughout the text. Hyperspace is full of wonderful photos and illustrations that are simply stunning. The text is extremely well designed, with references to other pages that connect to the topic at hand. This makes the book especially accessible for browsing. The explanations are clear, concise, grounded in science, and entertaining. An appealing, informative addition with a fabulous, attention-catching cover.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Across the Universep. 8
1.1 Stepping Stones to the Universep. 10
1.2 Star Birthp. 30
1.3 Stellar Evolutionp. 48
1.4 Out With a Bangp. 62
The Fate of the Universep. 76
2.1 The Big Bangp. 78
2.2 Cosmology for Beginnersp. 92
2.3 Missing Mass and the Birth of Timep. 106
2.4 The Accelerating Universep. 126
Making Contactp. 136
3.1 Life and the Universep. 138
3.2 Talking to the Starsp. 152
3.3 Listening to the Starsp. 168
Other Worldsp. 182
4.1 Cosmic Coincidencesp. 184
4.2 A Choice of Universesp. 202
4.3 Into the Unknownp. 216
Further Informationp. 233
Picture creditsp. 235
Indexp. 236