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Leading experts explain the discoveries of modern astrophysics in an illustrated companion to the American Museum of Natural History's newly renovated Rose Center for Earth and Space. Cosmic Horizons illuminates the most recent discoveries of modern astrophysics with essays by leading astronomers, including NASA scientists. The book also features profiles of astronomers su ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 28th 2001 by New Press, The (first published 2001)
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Steven Pautz
3.5 stars, rounded up for being put together well (and for all the pretty pictures, too).

This is a collection of short essays by about two dozen different authors, loosely grouped into general topics. Despite being nearly 15 years old, many of the topics and essays still stand up okay today (this was one of the book's stated goals). Even the places where new discoveries and developments have changed things are interesting for their historical perspective, in my opinion -- such as the discussion
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Marylu Sanok
More a picture book but good
Brian
A great book containing tons of info without getting too technical/mathematical. Finished it while waiting for tonight's debut of Cosmos!
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“Again and again across the centuries, cosmic discoveries have demoted our self-image. Earth was once assumed to be astronomically unique, until astronomers learned that Earth is just another planet orbiting the Sun. Then we presumed the Sun was unique, until we learned that the countless stars of the night sky are suns themselves. Then we presumed our galaxy, the Milky Way, was the entire known universe, until we established that the countless fuzzy things in the sky are other galaxies, dotting the landscape of our known universe.

Today, how easy it is to presume that one universe is all there is. Yet emerging theories of modern cosmology, as well as the continually reaffirmed improbability that anything is unique, require that we remain open to the latest assault on our plea for distinctiveness: multiple universes, otherwise known as the “multiverse,” in which ours is just one of countless bubbles bursting forth from the fabric of the cosmos.”
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