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Essential Cosmic Perspective

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2nd
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9780805380446

ISBN10:
0805380442
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
7/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Addison-Wesley
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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 readers' 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. Text discussions are complemented by a distinctive art program, with figures not seen before in astronomy texts. A rich website includes resources and coverage of current events.

Table of Contents

PART I DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE
Our Place in the Universe
1(38)
Discovering the Universe for Yourself
39(52)
Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation
65(26)
PART II KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY
The Science of Astronomy
91(20)
A Universe of Matter and Energy
111(14)
Universal Motion: From Copernicus to Newton
125(28)
Light: The Cosmic Messenger
153(18)
Telescopes and Spacecraft
171(26)
PART III LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS
Formation of the Solar System
197(28)
Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
225(34)
Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
259(28)
Jovian Planet Systems
287(36)
Remnants of Rock and Ice: Asteroids, Comets, and Pluto
323(28)
Planet Earth and Its Lessons on Life in the Universe
351(98)
PART IV A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE
Space and Time
383(22)
Spacetime and Gravity
405(24)
Building Blocks of the Universe
429(20)
PART V STELLAR ALCHEMY
Our Star
449(22)
Stars
471(22)
Star Stuff
493(26)
The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard
519(22)
PART VI GALAXIES AND BEYOND
Our Galaxy
541(26)
Galaxies: From Here to the Horizon
567(22)
Galaxy Evolution
589(24)
Dark Matter and the Fate of the Universe
613(20)
The Beginning of Time
633
Interstellar Travel and the Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations
655
APPENDIXES
Appendix A Useful Numbers
A-2
Appendix B Useful Formulas
A-3
Appendix C A Few Mathematical Skills
A-4
Appendix D The Periodic Table of the Elements
A-13
Appendix E Planetary Data
A-15
Appendix F Stellar Data
A-18
Appendix G Galaxy Data
A-20
Appendix H Selected Astronomical Web Sites
A-23
Appendix I The 88 Constellations
A-26
Appendix J Star Charts
A-29
Glossary G-1
Acknowledgments C-1
Index I-1


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