Reviewed by Deb McNabney
Science Educator - retired
This is a condensed version of Hubble: The Mirror on the Universe, a book I reviewed and recommended nine years ago. Although not as extensive in scope as the earlier work, Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time offers a wonderful introduction to one of humankind's most impressive scientific achievements.
As an admitted "Hubble–Hugger" I was delighted to revisit the evolution of our universe through the eyes of this remarkable instrument. In six short chapters, Space provides background information on the Hubble and discusses the beginning of time, dark forces, black holes, life cycles of stars, and planet formation. The engaging text is accompanied, of course, by the Hubble's spectacular and transformative images.
This book satisfies the Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science Standard, the Science and Technology Standard, and the Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Standard. It would serve as a wonderful reference and free reading book for an elementary or secondary school library.
Review posted on 4/17/2012