9780201697346

Essential Cosmic Perspective

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  • ISBN13:

    9780201697346

  • ISBN10:

    0201697343

  • Edition: BRIEF
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2000
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Summary

This accessible, student-friendly text offers a fresh approach to teaching introductory astronomy, emphasizing the "big picture" of the universe emerging from the flood of discoveries during the last two decades. The authors engage students' curiosity by linking the new insights and discoveries to 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.

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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