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Astronomy : Beginner's Guide to the Universe

Astronomy : Beginner's Guide to the Universe - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-0131871656

Cover of Astronomy : Beginner
ISBN13: 978-0131871656
ISBN10: 013187165X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 07
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2007
International: No

List price: $130.00

Astronomy : Beginner's Guide to the Universe - 5TH 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0131871656

Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan

ISBN13: 978-0131871656
ISBN10: 013187165X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 07
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

For one-semester Introduction to Astronomy courses.

The authors incorporate three themes in the briefer of their two textbooks; process of science (how we know what we know), the size and scale of the universe as well as the evolution of the universe. A Beginner's Guide emphasizes critical thinking and visualization, and a leading-edge technology program.

Table of Contents

PART 1 FOUNDATIONS

Exploring the Heavens: Introduction
1 The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science
2 Light and Matter: The Inner Workings of the Cosmos
3 Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy

PART 2 OUR PLANETARY SYSTEM

4 The Solar System: Interplanetary Matter and the Birth of the Planets
5 Earth and Its Moon: Our Cosmic Backyard
6 The Terrestrial Planets: A Study in Contrasts
7 The Jovian Planets: Giants of the Solar System
8 Moons, Rings, and Pluto: Small Worlds Among Giants

PART 3 THE STARS

9 The Sun: Our Parent Star
10 Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence
11 The Interstellar Medium: Star Formation in the Milky Way 12 Stellar Evolution: The Lives and Deaths of Stars
13 Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter

PART 4 GALAXIES AND THE UNIVERSE

14 The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design
15 Normal and Active Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe
16 Hubble's Law and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos
17 Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe
18 Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?