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Touch The Universe: A Nasa Braille Book Of Astronomy

by Noreen Grice

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Royal National Institute for the Blind, Jan/Feb 2003
"...a fine achievement... the text is concise and lucid, and some of the illustrations are classics of their kind."

New Scientist, March 22, 2003
"Noreen Grice presents the sky in a way I'd never envisaged."

BarrierFree, Winter 2003/4
"...an excellent Braille publication. It is very compact and concise. ... The tactile images are well explained and thoughtfully produced."

NSTA Recommends, May 2004
"...a unique resource for the visually impaired that will delight all students in your class. ...highly recommended."

International Journal of Astrobiology, January 2004
"Very interesting... For a visually impaired person, such as myself, who’s a fluent Braille reader, the book is great."

Book Description
Touch the Universe is an innovative and unique astronomy book. It is a combination of Braille and large-print captions that face 14 pages of brilliant Hubble Space Telescope photos with embossed shapes that represent various astronomical objects such as stars, gas clouds, and jets of matter streaming into space.

"Universally designed" for both the sighted and visually impaired reader, Touch the Universe takes readers on a voyage of discovery, starting at Earth, proceeding through the solar system, and ending with the most distant image taken by Hubble, the mind-boggling "Hubble Deep Field" photo -- the first telescope image ever to bring home to human consciousness in a deeply fundamental way the literally infinite reaches of our universe of galaxies.

As the author puts it, "A visually impaired person can still touch and smell a flower, or a tree, or an animal, but he or she could only imagine what an astronomical object is like ... until now."

Book Info
A unique and innovative astronomy book that will help visually impaired people 'see' the wonders of our universe. Uses a combination of Braille and large-print captions that face 14 pages of brilliant Hubble Space Telescope photos.

From the Inside Flap
"As a radio astronomer (and the world's only blind one, at that), I feel a powerful intuitive connection with the astonishing exotic objects in the distant universe. When I touch the tactile image of the Hubble Deep Field galaxies in Touch The Universe, I am overwhelmed by the same astonishment, a sensory connection with the distant cosmos. It has oft been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, for the first time in my career, I get the picture." -- Dr. Kent Cullers, Director of Research and Development, the SETI Institute

About the Author
Noreen Grice is the Planetarian at the Boston Museum of Science. She also teaches astronomy at Bentley College and has single-handedly made Boston's Hayden Planetarium a friendly place for visitors with special needs.

Touch the Stars, her first Braille astronomy book for the blind, is now in its 4th edition.



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