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Publisher's Summary

An essential guide to milestone developments in astronomy, telling the story of our ideas about space, time, and the physics of the cosmos - from ancient times to the present day.

From planets and stars to black holes and the big bang, take a journey through the wonders of the universe. Featuring topics from the Copernican Revolution to the mind-boggling theories of recent science, The Astronomy Book helps clarify hard-to-grasp concepts and explains almost 100 big astronomical ideas. Covering the biographies of key astronomers through the ages such as Ptolemy, Galileo, Newton, Hubble, and Hawking, The Astronomy Book details their theories and discoveries in a user-friendly format to make the information accessible and easy to follow.

Series overview: The Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand. With more than seven million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject. 

©2017 Dorling Kindersley Ltd (P)2020 DK Audio

Critic Reviews

"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." (Examiner.com)

"The visual layout promotes browsing with illustrations, pull quotes, and simple mind maps to explain concepts quickly." (Library Journal)

"Accessible guide to the great thinkers." (School Library Journal)

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Not well suited to an audiobook.

While listening to the book I could imagine how the picture book was laid out. 1. Over here is a timeline of important dates and names for a topic ( orbits follow conic sections ). 2. Over here is important events for the topic. (Tycho Brahe makes measurements ) 3. Over here is discussions about the people involved. That works fine as a picture book ... but as an audiobook you'll hear the same name, event, and date mentioned over and over and over and over and over again. Since there isn't a matching book to go along with this, they should have streamlined this more to eliminate the repetition. Also, since there isn't a "click to go to other section" option, the start of each chapter starting with a two minute list of related sections is just terrible. It's easy to see the intentions for a different book filled with interactivity and the ability to click on a picture or date and to hear the story. But it ends up sounding like a single page with 100 sound clips and a dump of those soundclips in an arbitrary order ... and then onto the next page where 20 of the sound clips get repeated.. over and over again. However... bad choices and massive repetition aside, the content is fairly good.

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