STAFF BOOK REVIEW: OCTOBER 1964 BY DAVID HALBERSTAM
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The Hubble Space Telescope. No other telescope combines instant name recognition with the production of consistently spectacular images. Yet few people outside of the astronomy community realize that Hubble is now at the apex of its imaging capabilities. A new series of stunningly detailed pictures, made possible by the new Wide Field Camera 3, have yet to be incorporated into a popular-level book. Until now.
"Hubble's Universe" will be the premier venue for the Hubble Telescope's most recent visual splendors. It's a team effort by best-selling astronomy writer Terence Dickinson and Ray Villard, who for the past two decades has been at the hub of the action as News Director at the Space Telescope Science Institute. "Hubble's Universe" showcases the extraordinary late-breaking pictures and draws on an archive of over 500,000 existing Hubble images, many of which have yet to receive wide distribution as news stories or in publications outside scientific papers.
The accompanying text balances accuracy with accessibility, a hallmark of coauthors Dickinson and Villard. And thanks to Villard's intimate familiarity with Hubble's history and discoveries and his access to top Hubble scientists for insight and accuracy, the text includes facts and insights not found in any other book. Clear, succinct and illuminating, the narrative crafted by these two experts combines with hundreds of brilliant images to bring to life the fascinating forces at work in the universe.
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