CM Archive
CM Archive Book Review line

Dickinson, Terence.

Camden East (Ont.), Camden House. 1986. 154pp. paper, ISBN 0-920656-50-1 (cloth) $29.95, 0-920656-48-X (paper) $22.95. Distributed by Firefly Books. CIP

Grades 10 and up
Reviewed by Eve Williams

Volume 15 Number 4
1987 July

"The known universe is about 100 billion galaxies" or so says Terence Dickinson, and he will receive no argument from me. Mr. Dickinson is a lecturer at St, Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and a journalist, and this experience as an educator and communicator comes together when tackling the complex theme of the universe and setting it out for the interested laymen.

The Universe and Beyond is well written, well illustrated and well within the scope of any interested adult or high school student. The book offers an overview of the universe, reviews the origins of the planets, the giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn et al.), the universe of the Ice Worlds (Io, Pluto, Callista, etc.), the stars (or cosmic furnaces as Dickinson picturesquely calls them), and concludes with a discussion of our search for other worlds. He uses everyday analogies such as the snow plough effect, traffic on a freeway, a raisin-bread dough (to explain why in expansion a star twice as far away recedes twice as fast), and these devices do clarify and help the reader to grasp concepts. The illustrations by Adolf Schaller are truly awesome.

This is neither a beginner's nor a basic-book on astronomy. However it is recommended as a readable companion guide to the universe. Recommended for high schools and adult libraries.

Eve Williams, MacNaughton H.S., Moncton, N.B.
line indexes


1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995


The materials in this archive are copyright © The Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission Copyright information for reviewers

Young Canada Works