9780130873071

Astronomy : A Beginner's Guide to the Universe

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  • ISBN13:

    9780130873071

  • ISBN10:

    0130873071

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/1/2000
  • Publisher: PRENTICE HALL
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Summary

A brief, introductory astronomy book designed for readers with little or no scientific background, "A Beginner's Guide" uses an exceptionally clear writing style. The authors present a broad view of astronomy without complex mathematics, yet the book discusses important concepts without simplification. The book's organization follows the popular and effective "Earth-Out" progression, starting with our planet and then moving through the solar system. A study of the Sun as a model star follows, then the book covers the Milky Way Galaxy, cosmology, and the universe as a whole. Because of its easy-to-read yet comprehensive coverage of astronomy, this book can serve as excellent reference material for those readers interested in learning about our universe. Personal Response System: Through a partnership with Interwrite PRS, this text is available with the PRS clicker system. The Instructor Resource Center on CD-ROM contains conceptual "clicker" questions in PowerPoint.

Table of Contents

PART ONE ASTRONOMY AND THE UNIVERSE
Prologue: Charting the Heavens
1(22)
The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science
23(20)
Light and Matter: The Inner Workings of the Cosmos
43(28)
Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy
71(28)
PART TWO OUR PLANETARY SYSTEM
The Solar System: Interplanetary Matter and the Birth of the Planets
99(28)
Earth and Its Moon: Our Cosmic Backyard
127(28)
The Terrestrial Planets: A Study in Contrasts
155(28)
The Jovian Planets: Giants of the Solar System
183(24)
Moons, Rings, and Pluto: Small Worlds among Giants
207(24)
PART THREE STARS AND STELLAR EVOLUTION
The Sun: Our Parent Star
231(22)
Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence
253(24)
The Interstellar Medium: Birthplace of Stars
277(24)
Stellar Evolution: The Lives and Deaths of Stars
301(26)
Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter
327(24)
PART FOUR GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY
The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design
351(26)
Normal Galaxies: The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe
377(28)
Active Galaxies and Quasars: Limits of the Observable Universe
405(26)
Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe
431(24)
Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?
455

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