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Picturing Space Through Time

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Visual history of the discovery of the universe, told through illustrations, maps, diagrams, speculative works of representation, and data visualizations.
Selecting artful and profound illustrations and maps, many hidden away in the world's great science libraries and virtually unknown today, Benson chronicles more than 1,000 years of humanity's ever-expanding understanding of the size and shape of space itself. He shows how the invention of the telescope inspired visions of unimaginably distant places and explains why today we turn to supercomputer simulations to reveal deeper truths about space-time.
Publisher: New York, NY : Abrams, 2014
ISBN: 9781419713873
Call Number: 523.10222 B4747c 2014
Characteristics: 320 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 32 x 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gingerich, Owen


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From an ancient Korean star map and the constellations of al-Sufi to today’s computer-aided visualizations, this is a stunning overview of astronomical illustration. Includes many images by Trouvelot, Kircher, and more.

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Jul 16, 2015

Gorgeous images! Great captions and info for each image. Why 2 stars (out of 5 for feedback purposes)

TEENY TINY TYPE on the bottom of every page of this big, heavy book. PLENTY of white space on each page. So why not use it?

I need a magnifying glass to read it. No joke. My eyes are fine. But who thought it a good idea to use what, 9 pt type way down in the bottom of a BIG, heavy book?

I tried reading about the artists, scientists, descriptions of illustration and meanings and gave up. I LOVE this kind of art/science.

But really, Abrams (publisher) WHY? Do you realize people want to READ the captions? The long essays use HUGE text. Try reading captions for each image. URGH. You can view larger on computer while proofing and laying out the book.

Did you look at the printed proofs? Ask people outside your small circle of designers IF they enjoyed reading it? Or could read it?

If you want to look at the art, 5 stars. IF you want to KNOW more about WHAT, WHY and WHO behind the art, forget it.

As someone involved in graphics for a long time, this trend of making type teeny tiny (add insult to injury, at the BOTTOM of pages) has to stop!

After looking at computer screen and reading tons of books ALL the time, I've no time for this kind of crap.

Sad, cos the art is incredible. The time digging up the work, writing about it, was considerable. So few can read it? ARE YOU KIDDING?

Speaking truth to power.

When I LOVE books (esp art books), I buy them. Nearly 50% of list price online. But I won't even spend that much. Urgh.

OK, who programmed this? We can't input space bet paragraphs? Does ANYONE care about readability via formatting?


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