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Expanding Universe: Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope (英語) ハードカバー – 2015/4/15
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Time, space, and a telescope: Hubble s most magnificent images
With investigations into everything from black holes to exoplanets, the Hubble Telescope has changed not only the face of astronomy, but also our very sense of being in the universe. On the 25th anniversary of its launch into low-earth orbit, TASCHEN celebrates its most breathtaking deep space images both as scientific feats and as photographic masterpieces.
Ultra high-resolution and taken with almost no background light, these pictures have answered some of the most compelling questions of time and space, while also revealing new mysteries, like the strange dark energy that sees the universe expanding at an ever-accelerated rate. In generous square format with several foldouts, the pictures mesmerize in their iridescent colors, intricate textures, and vast, fragile forms.
The collection is accompanied by an essay from photography critic Owen Edwards and an interview with Zoltan Levay, who explains how the pictures are composed. Veteran Hubble astronauts Charles F. Bolden, Jr. and John Mace Grunsfeld also offer their insights on Hubble s legacy and future space exploration.
Text in English, French, and German"
Owen Edwards has written about photography for 30 years for numerous publications including American Photographer, New York Times Magazine, and Smithsonian.
This book focuses on the amazing hubble pictures and has minimal writing. The foreward and afterword are written in English, German and French. The cover, binding and paper are very high quality (printed in Italy by a company that says it's carbon neutral). The are several nice fold-out pages of larger pics. The chapters and pictures are organized by distance from the earth. There are not many pictures of the solar system but the ones that are included are amazing.
I only have one minor "criticism." Although I'm sure it was a conscious decision on part of the authors to minimize the writing by the pictures I think I would have preferred to have some small print caption instead of having to flip to the photo index at the end for a label/explanation. Not a big deal... amazing book.
(wish all the photos were). Even the paper the text is printed on has a wonderful feel to it (it's actually nice to see 'Printed in Italy' for once
instead of 'Printed in China'). Truly the 'best' of the Hubble photos; several fold-outs that are mind-boggling. This book is a steal at the
regular price, but at the Amazon price, it's the next best thing to grand larceny! (P.S.-Text is printed in three languages.)
The construction of the book itself is designed to last.
All in all, exactly what I wanted!