9780201878783

Essential Cosmic Perspective

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  • ISBN13:

    9780201878783

  • ISBN10:

    020187878X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/1/1998
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Summary

In this accessible, student-friendly text, astronomy is treated as a fundamental human endeavor rather than an enterprise reserved for professionals. The authors engage students' curiosity through cutting-edge material that focuses on the themes of human achievement, physics in the universe, continuity of matter, the dynamic systems that sustain life, and astronomy and physics as foundations for our world view. Throughout, the emphasis is on important ideas, with relevant details, techniques, and formulas presented after concepts. A Time Out to Think feature, which encourages students to check their understanding as they read, is just one of many pedagogical aids that reinforce learning. Text discussions are complemented by a distinctive art program, with figures not seen before in astronomy texts. A rich Web site includes student and instructor resources and coverage of current events.

Table of Contents

PART I DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE 1(94)
The Universe Discovers Itself
2(26)
The Scale of the Universe
28(19)
Spaceship Earth
47(48)
Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation
72(23)
PART II KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY 95(114)
The Science of Astronomy
96(22)
A Universe of Matter and Energy
118(16)
Universal Motion: from Copernicus to Newton
134(26)
Light: the Cosmic Messenger
160(49)
Telescopes and Spacecraft
180(29)
PART III LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS 209(190)
Formation of the Solar System
210(27)
Geology of the Terrestrial Worlds
237(33)
Atmospheres of the Terrestrial Worlds
270(32)
Jovian Planet Systems
302(37)
Remnants of Rock and Ice: Asteroids, Comets, and Pluto
339(27)
Planet Earth
366(33)
PART IV A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE 399(66)
Space and Time
400(23)
Spacetime and Gravity
423(23)
Building Blocks of the Universe
446(19)
PART V STELLAR ALCHEMY 465(96)
Our Star
466(22)
Stars
488(25)
Star Stuff
513(27)
The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard
540(21)
PART VI GALAXIES AND BEYOND 561
Our Galaxy
562(27)
Galaxies: from here to the Horizon
589(28)
Galaxy Evolution
617(28)
Dark Matter
645(19)
The Beginning of Time
664
Interstellar Travel
688
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)
Glossary G-1(1)
Acknowledgments C-1(1)
Index I-1

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