Welcome to the Universe in 3D: A Visual Tour longlisted for the 2023 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize

Welcome to the Universe in 3D: A Visual Tour is one of eight titles longlisted for the 2023 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Hands-On Science Book category. Written by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott, and Robert J. Vanderbei, this New York Times bestseller is a thrilling journey through the universe, in stereoscopic 3D.

Welcome to the Universe in 3D reveals our cosmic environment as never seen before, presenting a rich array of stereoscopic color images, including astrophotography by co-author Vanderbei, which can be viewed in 3D using a special viewer. Throughout the book, readers journey from the Moon through the solar system, out to exoplanets, distant nebulas, and galaxy clusters, until reaching the cosmic microwave background radiation (or CMB), the most distant light we can observe. Extending our vison to the farthest reaches of the universe, readers of all ages will never look up into the night sky the same way again.

The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize honors “outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.” The Prize is awarded annually across four categories—Children’s Science Picture Book, Middle Grades Science Book, Young Adult Science Book, and Hands-On Science Book—with a judging committee comprised of scientists, librarians, and science literacy specialists. A prior book by Tyson, Gott, and Strauss, Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour, was nominated for the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize (Young Adult Science Book). Prior Prize winners from PUP’s list include Kenneth Catania’s Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution’s Mysteries Solved (2022, Young Adult Science Book) and Beth Shapiro’s How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction (2016, Young Adult Science Book). The 2023 category finalists will be announced in November, with winners announced in February.