9780805387629

Essential Cosmic Perspective

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805387629

  • ISBN10:

    0805387625

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2004
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
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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

Developing Perspective
Our Place in the Universe
Our Modern View of the Universe
The Scale of the Universe
Spaceship Earth
Discovering the Universe for Yourself
Patterns in the Night Sky
The Reason for Seasons
The Moon, Our Constant Companion
The Ancient Mystery of the Planets
The Science of Astronomy
The Ancient Roots of Science
Ancient Greek Science
The Copernican Revolution
The Nature of Science
Astrology S1 Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation
Astronomical Time Periods
Celestial Coordinates and Motion in the Sky
Principles of Celestial Navigation
Key Concepts for Astronomy
Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity
Describing Motion: Examples from Daily Life
Newton's Laws of Motion
Conservation Laws in Astronomy
The Universal Law of Gravitation
Orbits, Tides, and the Acceleration of Gravity
Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos
Light in Everyday Life
Properties of Light
Properties of Matter
Learning from Light
The Doppler Shift
Telescopes: Portals of Discovery
Eyes and Cameras: Everyday Light Sensors
Telescopes: Giant Eyes
Telescopes and the Atmosphere
Telescopes And Technology
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