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The Zoomable Universe : An Epic Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Nearly Nothing - Caleb Scharf

The Zoomable Universe

An Epic Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Nearly Nothing

By: Caleb Scharf, Ron Miller (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 17th October 2017
ISBN: 9780374715717
Number Of Pages: 224

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An epic, full-color visual journey through all scales of the universe

Inspired by the classic Powers of Ten-a film by Charles and Ray Eames, which was based on a book by Kees Boeke-the award-winning astrobiologist Caleb Scharf and the acclaimed artist Ron Miller take us on a breathtaking, cutting-edge journey through all known scales of reality, from the largest possible magnitude to the smallest.

Their unforgettable tour begins at the edge of the observable universe, a scale of 10^27 meters-about 91 billion light-years from a human standing on the surface of the Earth. And they end in the subatomic realm, at 10^-35 meters, where the fabric of space-time itself behaves in a way that confounds all the rules of physics we currently know. In between are galaxies, black holes, solar systems, stars and planets, oceans and continents, plants and animals, microorganisms, atoms, quantum fields, and much more. Stops include the surface of Neptune, the back of an elephant, and the contours of a DNA strand-all beautifully depicted by Miller's original artwork, elucidated by captivating infographics, and illuminated by Scharf's inviting prose.

Gorgeously designed to allow readers to track their progress from one scale to the next, The Zoomable Universe takes a whimsical approach toward explaining our place in the universe. It is a celebration of scientific discovery, a testament to our astounding ability to see beyond our human-scaled vantage point and chart a course from the farthest-flung edge of the cosmos to its mind-boggling depths: a journey that will thrill readers of every age in a package they will treasure for years.

About the Author

Caleb Scharf is the award-winning author of The Copernicus Complex and Gravity’s Engines and the director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Scientific American, Nautilus, and Nature, among other publications. He lives in New York City.

About the Illustrator

Ron Miller is an award-winning illustrator and author whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, the bestselling app Journey to the Exoplanets, and editions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and many other books. He served as art director for the National Air and Space Museum’s Albert Einstein Planetarium. He lives in Virginia.

Industry Reviews

"Sumptuous . . . Packed with bleeding-edge facts, vivid prose and gorgeous illustrations."--Natalie Wolchover, Quanta

"Scharf's vivid writing meets its match in Ron Miller's mind-bending illustrations. A total delight."--Nature

"A heaping dose of dazzle ... readable, delightful prose with infographics that explain everything from types of matter to types of exoplanets ... Will take your breath away." --Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica

"Beautifully illustrated . . . Scharf and Miller take readers on a spectacular journey, starting in the farthest reaches of the universe and ending in the deepest depths of the atom . . . Miller's stunning illustrations pair perfectly with Scharf's compelling writing, which introduces complex ideas using everyday language and lucid metaphors . . . A superb composite of scientific knowledge that will no doubt inspire readers of all ages to learn more about our enigmatic universe." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A fantastic journey from the fringes of the visible universe to the heart of the atom . . . [A] book of wonders." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This brilliant author-illustrator collaboration is a worthy, must-have successor to the title that inspired it, the classic Powers of Ten." --Gilbert Taylor, Booklist "A heaping dose of dazzle ... readable, delightful prose with infographics that explain everything from types of matter to types of exoplanets ... Will take your breath away." -- Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica

"Beautifully illustrated . . . Scharf and Miller take readers on a spectacular journey, starting in the farthest reaches of the universe and ending in the deepest depths of the atom . . . Miller's stunning illustrations pair perfectly with Scharf's compelling writing, which introduces complex ideas using everyday language and lucid metaphors . . . A superb composite of scientific knowledge that will no doubt inspire readers of all ages to learn more about our enigmatic universe." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A fantastic journey from the fringes of the visible universe to the heart of the atom . . . [A] book of wonders." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This brilliant author-illustrator collaboration is a worthy, must-have successor to the title that inspired it, the classic Powers of Ten." --Gilbert Taylor, Booklist "Beautifully illustrated . . . Scharf and Miller take readers on a spectacular journey, starting in the farthest reaches of the universe and ending in the deepest depths of the atom . . . Miller's stunning illustrations pair perfectly with Scharf's compelling writing, which introduces complex ideas using everyday language and lucid metaphors . . . A superb composite of scientific knowledge that will no doubt inspire readers of all ages to learn more about our enigmatic universe." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A fantastic journey from the fringes of the visible universe to the heart of the atom . . . [A] book of wonders." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This brilliant author-illustrator collaboration is a worthy, must-have successor to the title that inspired it, the classic Powers of Ten." --Gilbert Taylor, Booklist "Beautifully illustrated . . . Scharf and Miller take readers on a spectacular journey, starting in the farthest reaches of the universe and ending in the deepest depths of the atom . . . Miller's stunning illustrations pair perfectly with Scharf's compelling writing, which introduces complex ideas using everyday language and lucid metaphors . . . A superb composite of scientific knowledge that will no doubt inspire readers of all ages to learn more about our enigmatic universe." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

ISBN: 9780374715717
ISBN-10: 0374715718
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 17th October 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 21.59  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.95

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