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Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle

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In Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle, author and filmmaker Michael Benson assembles an outstanding collection of astronomical images from observatories around the world and in space. We live in a golden age of astronomical observation. Some of the resulting images are well known and have inspired millions of people; others, equally breathtaking, have never been published before. For this book, Benson has culled the very best, and organized them into a thrilling journey through space and time to the universe's great places, ranging from "nearby" nebulae in our own Milky Way galaxy to the light of the Hubble Deep Field that has traveled billions of light-years.
 
Every bit as innovative and beautiful as the author's successful Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes but far grander in conception, Far Out is an inspiring work of art and science on the cutting edge of human perception.

A Guide to the Cosmos, in Words and Images Dazzling and True ­-New York Times Book Review

 

[With Far Out] Take a good long look into space-time. -Los Angeles Times

 

Far out by Michael Benson proves that putting the photographable universe into a book doesnt dampen its beauty. - Mens Journal

 

An exquisite picture book of outer space. -San Diego Union Tribune

 “2001: A Space Odyssey and Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle: both are inspirational moving pictures. Far Out punches deep into space, like a series of jump cuts. It is a truly cinematic experience to see these magnificent images in rapid succession. Like the Star-Child in Stanley Kubricks vision of a Mankind evolving to a higher level, Far Out inspires me again to imagine a Universe filled with life, and each of those billions of pinpoints being orbited by worlds and beings of breathtaking beauty. Very moving pictures.”

—Douglas Trumbull, Oscar-winning Visual Effects Supervisor, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Trek, The Motion Picture

 

“The inventive, imaginative Michael Benson here unfolds the universe in its multiple dimensions.”

—Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, Galileos Daughter, and The Planets

 

“That the images in Michael Bensons latest book, Far Out, are completely mind-blowing goes without saying. Whats especially dazzling about this volume, though, is the way Bensons text takes the shards of those blown minds and completely reconfigures them into such a startlingly new and fresh awareness: a trembling awe all its own.”

—Lawrence Weschler, author of Everything That Rises and Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

 

“First he gave us the beauty of our solar systems neighbor worlds in Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes, but Michael Benson hasnt stopped there. In this spectacular new offering he gives us the universe itself, presented in such stunning and vivid detail that I am awed by every page. Open this book, take the journey, and be amazed.”

—Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon and A Passion for Mars

Review:

"Journalist, filmmaker and photographer Benson follows his book Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes with an even more stellar array of astronomical photographs that offer glorious views of space, moving successively from close to home to the outermost regions of the universe, moving simultaneously farther from Earth and farther back in time. Benson's emphasis on the correlation between geological time and astronomical distance sets this book far apart from others. Light rays, he says, move 'like ripples in a pond... so vast that the ripples extending out from each event take thousands, millions, or even billions of years to echo off its banks.' Light reaching Earth now from the Witch Head nebula, some 740 light-years distant, was generated in the 14th century. Elsewhere, remote galactic clusters, 'aggregate bonfires shining across the blackness of deep time,' cast light as old as Pangaea, the Earth's ancient supercontinent, which broke up to create today's continents. Benson illuminates the vast scale of the universe and its workings with large-scale 'quasi-cinematic' photos that reveal scintillating stars, galaxies and Rorschach-like nebulae in their 'true' colors. The 228 color photos are spectacular and enhanced with three eight-page gatefolds." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

The format is lavishly oversize (11.5x11.5") to accommodate images of the universe--presented full-page--culled by the author from the best of what's available these days. Without interpretation these images have only a small amount of visual interest on flat sheets of paper, but with interpretation they spring to life inspiring awe and wonder. The author takes care to provide that context in engaging narrative as well as small-scale images that help narrate the chronology told by light traveling across the eons. Benson is a journalist, filmmaker, and photographer whose previous book Beyond: Visions of Interplanetary Probes has been the source for exhibitions sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In "Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle, "author and filmmaker Michael Benson assembles an outstanding collection of astronomical images from observatories around the world and in space. We live in a golden age of astronomical observation. Some of the resulting images are well known and have inspired millions of people; others, equally breathtaking, have never been published before. For this book, Benson has culled the very best, and organized them into a thrilling journey through space and time to the universe's great places, ranging from "nearby" nebulae in our own Milky Way galaxy to the light of the Hubble Deep Field that has traveled billions of light-years.

Every bit as innovative and beautiful as the author's successful "Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes "but far grander in conception, "Far Out "is an inspiring work of art and science on the cutting edge of human perception.

Synopsis:

Portraits of the Mind follows the fascinating history of our exploration of the brain through images, from medieval sketches and 19th-century drawings by the founder of modern neuroscience to images produced using state-of-the-art techniques, allowing us to see the fantastic networks in the brain as never before. These black-and-white and vibrantly colored images, many resembling abstract art, are employed daily by scientists around the world, but most have never before been seen by the general public. Each chapter addresses a different set of techniques for studying the brain as revealed through the images, and each is introduced by a leading scientist in that field of study. Author Carl Schoonovers captions provide detailed explanations of each image as well as the major insights gained by scientists over the course of the past 20 years. Accessible to a wide audience, this book reveals the elegant methods applied to study the mind, giving readers a peek at its innermost workings, helping us to understand them, and offering clues about what may lie ahead.

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About the Author

Carl Schoonover is a doctoral candidate in neurobiology and behavior at Columbia University, where he is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810949485
Author:
Benson, Michael
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Author:
Schoonover, Carl
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Neurology
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Astronomy
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
120 full-color illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.50 x 7.50 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Journalist, filmmaker and photographer Benson follows his book Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes with an even more stellar array of astronomical photographs that offer glorious views of space, moving successively from close to home to the outermost regions of the universe, moving simultaneously farther from Earth and farther back in time. Benson's emphasis on the correlation between geological time and astronomical distance sets this book far apart from others. Light rays, he says, move 'like ripples in a pond... so vast that the ripples extending out from each event take thousands, millions, or even billions of years to echo off its banks.' Light reaching Earth now from the Witch Head nebula, some 740 light-years distant, was generated in the 14th century. Elsewhere, remote galactic clusters, 'aggregate bonfires shining across the blackness of deep time,' cast light as old as Pangaea, the Earth's ancient supercontinent, which broke up to create today's continents. Benson illuminates the vast scale of the universe and its workings with large-scale 'quasi-cinematic' photos that reveal scintillating stars, galaxies and Rorschach-like nebulae in their 'true' colors. The 228 color photos are spectacular and enhanced with three eight-page gatefolds." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In "Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle, "author and filmmaker Michael Benson assembles an outstanding collection of astronomical images from observatories around the world and in space. We live in a golden age of astronomical observation. Some of the resulting images are well known and have inspired millions of people; others, equally breathtaking, have never been published before. For this book, Benson has culled the very best, and organized them into a thrilling journey through space and time to the universe's great places, ranging from "nearby" nebulae in our own Milky Way galaxy to the light of the Hubble Deep Field that has traveled billions of light-years.

Every bit as innovative and beautiful as the author's successful "Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes "but far grander in conception, "Far Out "is an inspiring work of art and science on the cutting edge of human perception.

"Synopsis" by ,

Portraits of the Mind follows the fascinating history of our exploration of the brain through images, from medieval sketches and 19th-century drawings by the founder of modern neuroscience to images produced using state-of-the-art techniques, allowing us to see the fantastic networks in the brain as never before. These black-and-white and vibrantly colored images, many resembling abstract art, are employed daily by scientists around the world, but most have never before been seen by the general public. Each chapter addresses a different set of techniques for studying the brain as revealed through the images, and each is introduced by a leading scientist in that field of study. Author Carl Schoonovers captions provide detailed explanations of each image as well as the major insights gained by scientists over the course of the past 20 years. Accessible to a wide audience, this book reveals the elegant methods applied to study the mind, giving readers a peek at its innermost workings, helping us to understand them, and offering clues about what may lie ahead.

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