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Princeton Engineering’s Robert Vanderbei’s new book on the cosmos, Sizing Up the Universe, hasn’t hit bookstores yet but astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, is calling it “a feast for the eyes and a banquet for the mind.”

The highly illustrated book, published by National Geographic with a release date of November 2, features a fold-out map of the universe that The Los Angeles Times says is “the most mind-bending map to date” and that  New Scientist calls a “stunning achievement.”

Vanderbei’s coathor is Princeton astrophysicist Richard Gott, author of Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe.

Vanderbei, who is chair of Princeton’s Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and a researcher in probability and optimization, pursues astrophotography as a hobby; many of the images in the book were taken by him.

For more about the book, and for fresh shots of the cosmos, visit this site. The picture of Jupiter at the top of this post was taken by Vanderbei on October 1.

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