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Planetary Society president, Arizona State University scientist, and frequent Sky & Telescope contributor Jim Bell has a new tome, The Space Book, which explains 250 scientific milestones in an easy-to-understand format. Everything from the Big Bang up to and including the end of time are covered in a beautifully illustrated, chronological format. Subjects include the birth of the Sun and planets, the invention of the telescope, and the Milky Way’s inevitable collision with the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) in the distant future. Each of the 250 milestones is distilled into single-page summaries accompanied by picturesque (and occasionally amusing) illustrations or photographs on its facing page. Sterling, ISBN 978-1-4027-8071-4, hardcover, 528 pages.
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