Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images - an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe - from ancient cave paintings to animation. Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand - or who have been inspired by - the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.
"The night sky is the part of our environment that has been common to all cultures throughout human history. All have gazed up at the "vault of heaven" and interpreted it in their own way." -Martin Rees, British Astronomer Royal "For me, our true significance lies in our ability to understand and explore this beautiful universe." -Brian Cox "I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire." -Stephen Hawking "We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us." -Neil deGrasse Tyson
Paul Murdin has worked as an astronomer in the USA, Australia, England, Scotland, and Spain. Previously a research scientist and a science administrator for the UK Government and the Royal Astronomical Society, he now works at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, England, and is visiting professor at John Moores University, Liverpool.