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The Universe:  Time & Space, Matter & Energy
Recommended Books from DK Publishing

These books are not just for kids!...Adults will find the simple, lucid explanations and the colored photos and illustrations quite helpful
in giving overviews of the various subjects covered.  The illustrations and photos alone are well worth the cost of each book.


"Space...is the One Unity throughout its infinitude:  in its bottomless depths as on its illusive surface;
a surface studded with countless phenomenal Universes, systems and mirage-like worlds.
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H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, 1888, Volume I, p. 615.   See accompanying photo.

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"The one infinite and unknown Essence exists from all eternity, and in regular and harmonious successions is either passive or active.
In the poetical phraseology of Manu these conditions are called the 'day' and the 'night' of Brahma. The latter is either 'awake' or 'asleep.' ... Upon inaugurating an active period, ... an expansion of this Divine essence, from within outwardly, occurs in obedience to eternal and immutable law, and the phenomenal or visible universe is the ultimate result of the long chain of cosmical forces thus progressively set in motion.  In like manner, when the passive condition is resumed, a contraction of the Divine essence takes place, and the previous work of creation is gradually and progressively undone. The visible universe becomes disintegrated, its material dispersed; and 'darkness,' solitary and alone, broods once more over the face of the 'deep.' ... An out breathing of the 'unknown essence' produces the world; and an inhalation causes it to disappear. This process has been going on from all eternity, and our present universe is but one of an infinite series which had no beginning and will have no end."  
H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled, 1877, Volume II, pp. 264-265


Astronomy Astronomy
by Kristen Lippincott

DK, 2004, 64 pp.

"Here is a spectacular, thought-provoking, and highly informative guide to the fascinating world of astronomy. Superb full-color photographs of scientific instruments, experiments, and innovative 3-D models reveal the discoveries and research that have transformed our understanding of the Universe. See how sailors navigated by the Sun and stars, where the asteroid belt is, how the planets and constellations were named, why the Earth was considered the center of the Universe, what a black hole is, and the hot volcanic surface of Venus. Learn how space probes photograph planets, what causes a meteor shower, what makes Mars red, why the Sun shines, where the Moon came from, how the first telescopes worked, the stages in the life of a star, and how the Earth's atmosphere sustains life. Discover what creates auroras, why the Zero Meridian is located at Greenwich in England, how the amazing early observatories were built, how Saturn could float on water, the 'sound' of our own galaxy, how a comet is formed, and much, much more."

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Universe Universe
by Robin Kerrod

DK, 2003, 64 pp.

"Discover the incredible secrets of the Universe, from its furthest galaxies to our own solar system."

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The Expanding Universe The Expanding Universe
by Mark A. Garlick

DK, 2002, 72 pp.

"How the universe formed, what it consists of, and how it will end are central concerns of physicists, astronomers, and other residents of planet Earth. This book explains it all, from the creation theory to the Big Bang, from gas giants to black holes."

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Space Exploration Space Exploration
by Carole Stott

DK, 2004, 72 pp.

"Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the mysteries beyond Earth and its atmosphere. Original photography of spacecraft - both before and after traveling in space - and pictures of astronauts and their equipment offer a unique 'eyewitness' view of the history of Space exploration and the daily life of astronauts. See an astronaut repairing an orbiting spacecraft from the outside, the first person on the Moon, fantastic photographs of Neptune, the farthest planet from Earth, and the satellite tracking device that shows how red deer live. Learn how satellites in Space help us to forecast the weather, about the first birth in Space, and how an astronaut's body is effected on reentering the Earth's atmosphere. Discover how a special sleeping bag helps astronauts to sleep in weightless conditions, how machines used on Earth were developed from material originally used in Space, the Large Space Simulator and how it is used to test spacecraft, and more."

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DK Guide to Space DK Guide to Space
by Peter Bond

DK, 1999, 64 pp.

"The DK Guide to Space takes the reader on a fascinating journey through our universe, using the latest space photography from the Hubble Telescope in a large format to create a dramatic guide to the exploration of space. The NASA photographs are supported by clear artwork explaining complex ideas. Space exploration, astronomy, and cosmology are explored in clear, concise text. Packed with information, this stunning photographic book will capture the imagination of both space enthusiasts and those who are just beginning to learn about our universe. Over 300 dazzling color photographs."

"Peter Bond begins with a long view of the solar system, and then devotes two glossy pages to each planet and two to our most famous star. Solar and lunar eclipses are explained and illustrated with rare clarity. Photographs in the section on the birth of stars are breathtaking.  Galaxies, the Milky Way, rockets, and the whole universe get coverage, and Bond goes into some depth describing satellites, space missions, and possible life on other planets."

"This stunning, oversized volume is sure to attract the attention of anyone interested in space and its exploration. The pages, printed predominately on a black background, draw readers into the illusion that they are exploring space. Each topic is addressed in a two-page spread filled with photographs and informative blocks of text."

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Space Encyclopedia DK Space Encyclopedia
by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest

DK, 1999, 304 pp.

"The essential reference guide to space science and astronomy. Older children and adults who are fascinated by the cosmos will find hours of enjoyment with this book."

"From the latest dramatic images transmitted by the Hubble Telescope to the possibility of fossil life from Mars, space stories are hitting the headlines as never before. As we begin the third millennium, more and more people are looking outside out world for a truly cosmic vision of the future. The DK Space Encyclopedia celebrates our newfound status as citizens of the universe, rather than mere inhabitants of planet Earth. Comprehensive and thoroughly up to date, the DK Space Encyclopedia is the definitive guide to the cosmos. The defining achievements of the 20th century has been the exploration of space. Like Renaissance navigators who sailed uncharted oceans, our probes have been discovering 'new worlds' -- in this case, not strange continents but our neighboring planets. Just a few decades ago, these planets were fuzzy disks even the world's biggest telescopes. Unlike brain surgery, astronomy is one of the few sciences in which the amateur can play an active -- even important -- role. The DK Space Encyclopedia includes a detailed section on practical astronomy, with clear star maps, advice on what to observe, and even instructions for making a simple telescope."

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Time and Space Time & Space
by Mary Gribbin and John Gribbin

DK, 2000, 64 pp.

"Here is a spectacular, thought-provoking, and highly informative guide to the mysteries of the Universe. Superb full-color photography of scientific instruments, experiments, and innovative 3-D models reveals the discoveries and latest research that have transformed our understanding of the Universe. See how time and space are measured, the world's largest telescope, in Hawaii, a sonic tape measure, inside an atom, and how pulsars flicker on and off with amazing precision. Learn how far it is to the Moon, whether time can stand still, how to pop through a wormhole, how Einstein helped prove that everything is made of atoms, when the world's oldest observatory was built, and why 'London Time' was introduced in 1840. Discover how the Universe is expanding, whether Schrodinger's cat is dead or alive, bouncing universes, what astronomers call 'spaghettification', the difference between biotime and biospace, how ripples in spacetime happen, etc.."

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Matter Matter
by Christopher Cooper

DK, 1999, 64 pp.

"Explore the amazing world of matter-from the earliest ideas about the four elements to the discoveries about the atom and examine the elements that make up the physical world and the properties and behavior of different kinds of matter."

"Matter tells everything about Matter. It has chapters on solid matter, liquid matter and gas matter, plus chapters on molecules in motion, crystals, hot matter and more."

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Energy Energy
by Jack Challoner

DK, 2000, 64 pp.

"Here is a spectacular, thought-provoking, and highly informative guide to the fascinating story of energy. Superb full-color photography of original equipment, intricate scientific instruments, 3-D models, and revealing experiments bring to life the ideas and discoveries that have changed our perception of the universe. See plants that bend toward light, alternative energy in action, the first batteries, the food chain, photosynthesis in plants, and how telephones convert the human voice into electronic signals. Learn how energy is measured, how without energy there would be no life at all, why matches burn, why recycling makes the most of energy, how waterwheels work, how efficient light bulbs save electricity, and how geothermal energy creates hot water. Discover the link between friction and heat, the development of steam turbines, how magnets work, how to make air liquid, how to heat coal to produce gas, the difference between renewable energy sources and fossil fuels, why sugar gives you energy, and much, much more."

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Force and Motion Force & Motion
by Peter Lafferty

DK, 1999, 64 pp.

"Discover the forces that set the world in motion - what they are and how they can be harnessed by machines."

"Force & Motion is well written, featuring standard subjects (friction and gravity) mixed with unusual ones (the science of cannonballs and hoists)."

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Light Light
by David Burnie

DK, 1999, 64 pp.

"See why ancient peoples worshipped the Sun as a god, how light rays bend, why things glow when they are very hot, what creates a color television picture, how microscopes and telescopes were invented, and why a leaf looks green. Learn how fiber optics can transmit light, what happens during an eclipse, why images are reversed in mirrors, how a liquid crystal display works, and what makes a hologram. Discover what causes the eerie 'Will o' the wisp', how some animals can make their own light, what creates a mirage, why we burn in strong sunlight, what a polarizing filter does, why we see rainbows, what a quantum is, how X-rays penetrate our bodies, and much, much more!  Here is a highly informative guide to the fascinating story of light."

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Electricity Electricity
by Steve Parker

DK, 2000, 64 pp.

"After two centuries of research and experimentation, electricity has revolutionized the way we live and become an indispensable part of scientific progress. Electricity brings vividly to life our exploration of this powerful natural force. It is a vital part of the living world. Our eyes receive light rays and turn them into tiny electrical signals that pass along our nerves to the brain. The chemicals in batteries create power for such things as toys and flashlights. The invention of electric motors enabled the creation of a whole range of household appliances that have shaped the modern world. See how electricity works nerves and muscles and what causes lightning. Learn how electricity can transmit voices and images across an ocean and what makes a silicon chip work. Discover the amazing speed of charged atoms, what happens when you tune in the radio, etc."

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Chemistry Chemistry
by Ann Newmark

DK, 1999, 64 pp.

"Discover the amazing effect chemistry has on every part of our lives - and why it is so important to our future. Chemical processes have always been part of life. They enable our bodies to function, and are the basis for countless substances and processes we take for granted. Chemistry explores the world's natural chemistry and how we understand it and exploit it. Superb full-color photography of original equipment, intricate scientific instruments, three-dimensional models, and revealing experiments show the discoveries that have changed our way of life, from ancient alchemy to modern technology. Stunning demonstrations of key experiments and ideas provide a fresh and exciting look at this fascinating topic. See how a catalytic converter removes pollutants, how photographs are created, and how light bulbs work. Learn why there is a hole in the ozone layer, why a spider's silk is stronger than steel, and how plastics are made. Discover how chemistry is used to solve crimes, how fireworks and TNT work, what DNA is, and more!"

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