9780805380378

The Cosmic Perspective, Brief with Skygazer CD-ROM

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805380378

  • ISBN10:

    080538037X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2000
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley
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Summary

Key Benefit: Built from the ground up on our new understanding of the universe, this reader-friendly book focuses on central ideas and unifying themes to provide a concise cosmic context. Scientific concepts are linked to everyday experience to help readers develop an appreciation for the scientific method and to see how physics and astronomy are foundations for understanding their world. Recent discoveries spark readers' curiosity in the universe as a whole. Key Topics: Updates include discoveries such as the accelerating universe/cosmological constant, the detection of more planets around other stars, the potential of water flow on Mars, and the latest theories on the very early universe. Market: For college instructors and students, or anyone interested in astronomy and physics.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
How to Succeed in Your Astronomy Course xiii
About the Authors xvi
About the Artist xviii
PART I DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE 1(50)
Our Place in the Universe
3(24)
Discovering the Universe for Yourself
27(24)
PART II KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY 51(68)
The Science of Astronomy
53(16)
A Universe of Matter and Energy
69(12)
Universal Motion: From Copernicus to Newton
81(16)
Light, Telescopes, and Spacecraft
97(22)
PART III LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS 119(118)
Formation of the Solar System
121(18)
The Terrestrial Worlds
139(31)
Jovian Planet Systems
170(25)
Remnants of Rock and Ice: Asteroids, Comets, and Pluto
195(20)
Earth and Lessons on Life in the Universe
215(22)
PART IV STELLAR ALCHEMY 237(70)
Our Star
239(15)
Stars
254(16)
Star Stuff
270(22)
The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard
292(15)
PART V GALAXIES AND BEYOND 307
Our Galaxy
309(18)
A Universe of Galaxies
327(30)
Dark Matter
357(14)
The Beginning of Time
371(17)
Interstellar Travel
388
APPENDICES
Appendix A A Few Mathematical Skills
A-1(1)
Appendix B The Periodic Table of the Elements
A-8(1)
Appendix C Planetary Data
A-9(1)
Appendix D Stellar Data
A-12(1)
Star Charts
S-1(1)
Glossary G-1(1)
Acknowledgments C-1(1)
Index I-1

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