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Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe with MasteringAstronomy,9780131871656
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Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe with MasteringAstronomy

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Benjamin Cummings
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A brief, introductory astronomy book designed for readers with little or no scientific background,A Beginner's Guideuses 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

Exploring the Heavens: Introduction
The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science
Light and Matter: The Inner Workings of the Cosmos
Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy
Our Planetary System
The Solar System: Interplanetary Matter and the Birth of the Planets
Earth and Its Moon: Our Cosmic Backyard
The Terrestrial Planets: A Study in Contrasts
The Jovian Planets: Giants of the Solar System
Moons, Rings, and Pluto: Small Worlds Among Giants
The Stars
The Sun: Our Parent Star
Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence
The Interstellar Medium: Star Formation in the Milky Way
Stellar Evolution: The Lives and Deaths of Stars
Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter
Galaxies and the Universe
The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design
Normal and Active Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe
Hubblersquo;s Law and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos
Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe
Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?
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