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Foundations of Astronomy (with InfoTrac and CD-ROM)

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Edition:
7th
ISBN13:

9780534392048

ISBN10:
0534392040
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
5/22/2002
Publisher(s):
Brooks Cole
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Summary

This newly revised and updated seventh edition of FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY shows students their place in the universe ? not just their location, but also their role as planet dwellers in an evolving universe. Fascinating and engaging, the book illustrates how science works, and how scientists depend on evidence to test hypotheses. Students will learn to focus on the scientific method through the strong central theme of "how we know what we know." Through a discussion of this interplay between evidence and hypothesis, Seeds provides not just a series of facts, but also a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of astronomical knowledge. The book vividly conveys the author's love of astronomy, shows students how the universe can be described by a small set of physical laws, and illustrates how they can comprehend their place in the universe by understanding these laws, rather than simply memorizing facts. By crafting a story about astronomy, Seeds shows students how to ask questions of nature and therefore gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world. The book's use of mathematics is incorporated into the body of the text (as well as in separate sections for easy reference), but the arguments of the text do not depend on mathematical reasoning, allowing math-averse students to easily follow the story. The revision covers the history of astronomy, elementary physics concepts, stars and galaxies, the origins of the universe, and the solar system.

Table of Contents

Part I: EXPLORING THE SKY
1. The Scale of the Cosmos
2. The Sky
3. The Cycles of the Moon
4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy
5. Newton, Einstein, and Gravity
6. Light and Telescopes
Part II: THE STARS
7. Starlight and Atoms
8. The Sun-Our Star
9. The Family of Stars
10. The Interstellar Medium
11. The Formation of Stars
12. Stellar Evolution
13. The Deaths of Stars
14. Neutron Stars and Black Holes
Part III: THE UNIVERSE
15. The Milky Way Galaxy
16. Galaxies
17. Galaxies with Active Nuclei
18. Cosmology
Part IV: THE SOLAR SYSTEM
19. The Origin of the Solar System
20. Planet Earth
21. The Moon and Mercury: Airless Worlds
22. Venus and Mars
23. Jupiter and Saturn
24. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
25. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets
PART V: LIFE
26. Life on Other Worlds
Afterword
Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data
Appendix B: Observing the Sky
Glossary
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems
Index


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