Sizing up the Universe

Sizing up the Universe

The Cosmos in Perspective

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
Sizing Up the Universe reveals an ingenious new way to envision the outsize proportions of space, based on the work of Princeton University professors Richard Gott and Robert Vanderbei. Using scaled maps, object comparisons, and beautiful space photographs, it demonstrates the actual size of objects in the cosmos —from Buzz Aldrin's historic footprint to the visible universe and beyond. The authors offer visual comparisons with astonishing precision and maximum reader-friendliness, conveying clear and understandable explanations of unimaginable vastness. Plus, as an unprecedented bonus, their 1.5-million-selling Map of the Universe is published here for the first time ever in a book—presented on an oversize foldout page that maximizes its eye-popping presentation of satellites, planets, stars, and galaxies. Based on the popularity of the map and of Richard Gott's Time Travel in Einstein's Universe, and offering innovative ways to appreciate the majesty of the universe, this new title should soar.

Baker & Taylor
Using space photographs and scaled maps, demonstrates the actual size of objects in the cosmos, from Buzz Aldrin's historic footprint on the Moon to the entire visible universe, with a gatefold of the Gott-Juric Map of the Universe.

Book News
Sizing up the universe is meant to be taken literally. Drawing on the latest space images and research, Gott (astrophysics, Princeton U.) and colleague Vanderbei offer an accessible method of figuring out how large and far away objects are in the sky. Starting with those that can be seen with the naked eye, they present a series of increasingly magnified stunning views and side-by-side pictures to scale of objects in the solar system. The volume includes, for the first time published in a book, a foldout version of Gott's "Map of the Universe," and Vanderbei's afterword on being an amateur astronomer. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

Using scaled maps, object comparisons and beautiful space photographs, a landmark book demonstrates the actual size of objects in the cosmos from Buzz Aldrin's historic footprint on the Moon to the visible universe and beyond, in a book that includes a fold-out reproduction of the authors' best-selling Map of the Universe.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2010
ISBN: 9781426206511
Branch Call Number: 523 GOT
Characteristics: 246 p
Additional Contributors: Vanderbei, Robert J.


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