9780534395377

Astronomy The Solar System and Beyond (with InfoTrac and TheSky CD-ROM)

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    9780534395377

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  • Copyright: 2002-07-24
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole
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Summary

This newly revised and updated 3rd edition of ASTRONOMY: THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND engages students as it illustrates their place in the universe not just their location, but also their role as planet dwellers in an evolving universe. Fascinating and engaging, the book illustrates how science works, and how scientists depend on evidence to test hypotheses. Students will learn to focus on the scientific method through the strong central theme of "how we know what we know." Through a discussion of this interplay between evidence and hypothesis, Seeds provides not just a series of facts, but also a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of astronomical knowledge. The book vividly conveys the author's love of astronomy, shows students how the universe can be described by a small set of physical laws, and illustrates how they can comprehend their place in the universe by understanding these laws, rather than simply memorizing facts. By crafting a story about astronomy, Seeds shows students how to ask questions of nature and therefore gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world. With the use of mathematics set off in boxes, the book's presentation is flexible and allows instructors to teach to differing student levels. This is the first text from Mike Seeds to be written using a planets-first approach.

Author Biography

Mike Seeds is the John W. Wetzel Professor of Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College as well as Director of the College's Joseph R. Grundy Observatory

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Astronomer`s Sky
Introduction: The scale of the Cosmos
1(9)
The View from Earth
10(28)
The Sky
11(3)
The Sky and Its Motion
14(2)
Frameworks for Thinking About Nature: Scientific Models
15(1)
The Sky Around Us
16(3)
Understanding Versus Naming: The True Goal of Science
18(1)
The Annual Cycle of the Sun
19(3)
Astrology and Pseudoscience: Misusing the Rules of Science
20(2)
The Cycle of the Seasons
22(3)
The Foundation of Science: Evidence
24(1)
Gravity: The Universal Force
25(1)
The Cycles of the Moon
25(3)
The Phases of the Moon
28(10)
The Origin of Modern Astronomy
38(26)
Pre-Copernican Astronomy
39(1)
The Ancient Universe
40(2)
Copernicus
42(4)
Creating New Ways to See Nature: Scientific Revolutions
45(1)
Tycho Brahe
46(2)
Johannes Kepler
48(4)
Hypothesis, Theory, and Law: Levels of Confidence
50(2)
Galileo Galilei
52(4)
Isaac Newton and Orbital Motion
56(4)
The Unstated Assumption of Science: Cause and Effect
57(2)
Testing a Theory by Prediction
59(1)
Orbiting Earth
60(4)
Astronomical Tools
64(24)
Radiation: Information from Space
65(2)
Optical Telescopes
67(7)
Resolving Power and the Accuracy of a Measurement
71(3)
Modern Astronomical Telescopes
74(2)
Special Instruments
76(2)
Radio Telescopes
78(4)
Space Astronomy
82(6)
Atoms and Starlight
88(14)
Atoms
89(3)
Quantum Mechanics: The World of the Very Small
91(1)
The Interaction of Light and Matter
92(3)
Information from Spectra
95(1)
Atomic Spectra
96(6)
Part 2 The Solar System
The Origin of the Solar System
102(24)
The Great Chain of Origins
103(7)
Two Kinds of Theories: Evolution and Catastrophe
104(5)
Scientists: Courteous Skeptics
109(1)
A Survey of the Solar System
110(2)
Terrestrial and Jovian Planets
112(4)
The Story of Planet Building
116(10)
Reconstructing the Past Through Science
117(9)
Earth and Its Moon
126(21)
The Early History of Earth
127(1)
Data File One Earth
128(2)
The Active Earth
130(4)
The Moon
134(1)
Data File Two the Moon
134(2)
Impact Cratering
136(11)
How Hypotheses and Theories Unify the Details
138(2)
Understanding Planets: Follow the Energy
140(7)
Mercury, Venus, and Mars
147(28)
Mercury
148(1)
Data file Three Mercury
148(3)
Venus
151(1)
Data file four Venus
152(4)
Volcanoes
156(5)
Graphical Data Manipulation
158(3)
Mars
161(1)
Data File Five Mars
161(14)
The Present Is the Key to the Past
165(10)
Worlds of the Outer Solar System
175(31)
Jupiter
176(2)
Science, Technology, and Engineering
177(1)
Data File Six Jupiter
178(8)
Saturn
186(1)
Data File Seven Saturn
186(2)
Who Pays for Science?
187(1)
The Ice Rings of Saturn
188(4)
Uranus
192(1)
Data File Eight Uranus
192(4)
The Rings of Uranus and Neptune
196(2)
Neptune
198(1)
Data File Nine Neptune
198(3)
Pluto
201(1)
Data File Ten Pluto
201(5)
Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets
206(19)
Meteorites
207(4)
Enjoying the Natural World
209(2)
Asteroids
211(3)
Comets
214(2)
Comet Observations
216(9)
Part 3 The Stars
The Sun-Our Star
225(22)
The Solar Atmosphere
226(1)
Data file Eleven The Sun
226(5)
Solar Activity
231(7)
Building Confidence by Confirmation and Consolidation
237(1)
Magnetic Solar Phenomena
238(2)
Nuclear Fusion in the Sun
240(7)
Avoiding Hasty Judgments: Scientific Faith
243(4)
The family of Stars
247(29)
Measuring the Distances to Stars
248(3)
Intrinsic Brightness
251(2)
Stellar Spectra
253(4)
The Diameters of Stars
257(5)
The Masses of Stars
262(6)
Learning About Nature Through Chains of Inference
264(4)
The Family of Stars
268(4)
Information About Nature: Basic Scientific Data
269(3)
The family of Stars
272(4)
The Formation and Structure of Stars
276(26)
The Birth of Stars
277(3)
Three Kinds of Nebulae
280(6)
Understanding Science: Separating Facts from Theories
285(1)
Observational Evidence of Star Formation
286(2)
Fusion in Stars
288(1)
Stellar Structure
289(5)
Quantitative Thinking with Mathematical Models
292(2)
Main-Sequence Stars
294(2)
The Orion Nebula
296(2)
Star Formation in the Orion Nebula
298(4)
The Deaths of Stars
302(24)
Giant Stars
303(4)
Causes in Nature: The Very Small and the Very Large
306(1)
The Deaths of Low- and Medium-Mass Stars
307(1)
Star Cluster H-R Diagrams
308(4)
The Formation of Planetary Nebulae
312(3)
The Evolution of Binary Systems
315(3)
The Deaths of Massive Stars
318(8)
Astronomical Images, False Color, and Reality
323(3)
Neutron Stars and Black Holes
326(21)
Neutron Stars
327(3)
The Lighthouse Model of a Pulsar
330(7)
The Impossibility of Proof in Science
336(1)
Black Holes
337(10)
Natural Checks on Fraud in Science
341(6)
Part 4 The Universe
The Milky Way Galaxy
347(25)
The Discovery of the Galaxy
349(8)
The Calibration of One Parameter to Find Another
351(6)
The Origin of the Milky Way
357(4)
Understanding Nature as Processes
358(3)
Spiral Arms and Star Formation
361(5)
The Nucleus
366(2)
Sagittarius A*
368(4)
Galaxies
372(22)
The Family of Galaxies
373(3)
Searching for Clues Through Classification in Science
374(1)
Selection Effects in Science
375(1)
Galaxy Classification
376(2)
Measuring the Properties of Galaxies
378(7)
The Evolution of Galaxies
385(9)
Galaxies with Active Nuclei
394(19)
Active Galactic Nuclei
395(3)
It Wouldn't Stand Up in Court: Statistical Evidence
397(1)
Cosmic Jets and Radio lobes
398(5)
Scientific Arguments
400(3)
Quasars
403(10)
Cosmology
413(26)
The Structure of the Universe
414(4)
Thinking About an Abstract Idea: Reasoning by Analogy
416(1)
Why Scientists Speak Carefully: Words Lead Thoughts
417(1)
The Nature of Space-Time
418(2)
The Big Bang
420(8)
Refining the Big Bang: Theory and Observation
428(11)
Part 5 Life in the Universe
Life on Other Worlds
439(21)
The Nature of Scientific Explanation
440(1)
The Nature of Life
440(2)
DNA: The Code of life
442(2)
The Origin of Life
444(9)
Communication with Distant Civilizations
453(7)
UFOs and Space Aliens
454(6)
Afterword 460(2)
Appendix A Units and Astronomical Data 462(11)
Appendix B Observing the Sky 473(14)
Glossary 487(11)
Answers 498(2)
Credits 500(1)
Index 501

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