The Essential Cosmic Perspective

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-06-01
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
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The Essential Cosmic Perspective, Third Edition , built from the ground up on our new understanding of the universe, has been revised and streamlined to make it easier for readers to navigate and learn from. Chapter openers, headers, callouts, and chapter summaries make learning goals more explicit and tie together important concepts. Key content has been consolidated and reorganized, with a new emphasis on a planet-by-planet approach. The material is linked to everyday life, helping readers develop an appreciation for the scientific method and see how physics and astronomy are foundations for understanding their world. Supplementing the book is an expanded and easy-to-use media package. Developing Perspective, Key Concepts for Astronomy, Learning From Other Worlds, Stars, Galaxies and Beyond, Life on Earth and Beyond. For college instructors and students, or anyone interested in issues relating to astronomy.

Table of Contents

Developing Perspective
Our Place in the Universe
Discovering the Universe for Yourself
The Science of Astronomy
Key Concepts for Astronomy
Making Sense of the Universe -Understanding Motion, Energy and Gravity
Light - The Cosmic Messenger
Learning From Other Worlds
Our Solar System and Its Origin
Earth and the Terrestrial Worlds
Jovian Planet Systems
Remnants of Rock and Ice: Asteroids, Comets, and Pluto
Our Star
Other Stars
Star Stuff
The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard
Galaxies and Beyond
Our Galaxy
A Universe of Galaxies
Dark Matter and the Fate of the Universe
The Beginning of Time
Life on Earth and Beyond
Life in the Universe: Prospects for Microbes, Civilizations, and Interstellar Travel
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