Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge

By Steven Soter, Neil deGrasse Tyson

40 ratings - 4.08* vote

Leading experts explain the discoveries of modern astrophysics in an illustrated companion to the American Museum of Natural History's newly renovated Rose Center for Earth and Space. Cosmic Horizons illuminates the most recent discoveries of modern astrophysics with essays by leading astronomers, including NASA scientists. The book also features profiles of astronomers su Leading experts explain the discoveries of modern astrophysics in an illustrated companion to the American Museum of

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Book details

Paperback, 253 pages
May 1st 2001 by The New Press

(first published 2001)

1565846028 (ISBN13: 9781565846029)
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Community Reviews

P.S. Winn

There is so much information in this book,if you are fascinated by astrophysics and the people that contributed to what we know about the world, the galaxy, and beyond you have to pick this up. Love the profiles on the amazing people who know so much more than I do.

Steven Pautz

3.5 stars, rounded up for being put together well (and for all the pretty pictures, too).

This is a collection of short essays by about two dozen different authors, loosely grouped into general topics. Despite being nearly 15 years old, many of the topics and essays still stand up okay today (this was one of the book's stated goals). Even the places where new discoveries and developments have changed things are interesting for their historical perspective, in my opinion -- such as the discussion of 'future' Mars missions and space telescope projects, and refinements in what we know about Kuiper objects.

I originally found this book because of Neil deGrasse Tyson's name, but it's unclear whether he wrote anything beyond the preface -- but that doesn't matter because the various authors are generally quite good: the essays themselves are (mostly) clear and well-written. There are a few awkward parts, and several places where the writing jumps awkwardly between "pretend the reader has no idea what astronomy is" and "assume they've already read this specific author's book", but on the whole it's written to be understandable to anybody with an interest in astronomy (and especially sort-of-recent topics and discoveries) and I think it hits that goal well.

Brian Stuhr

A great book containing tons of info without getting too technical/mathematical. Finished it while waiting for tonight's debut of Cosmos!

Kim Zinkowski

No rating noted in my notebook...

Marylu Sanok

More a picture book but good