Summary: In Quest of the Universe is intended for the undergraduate introductory astronomy course and presents astronomy in the traditional order of solar system, stars, and galaxies. This edition offers the latest information described in simple language, using every-day examples in order to help students better understand key concepts and appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the universe. The historical development of science and technology is emphasized, and readers of ...show morethe text will learn not only what science is and what scientists mean when they refer to a theory, but also how theories are tested and developed, and what motivates scientists.
--Expanded cosmology coverage.
--Added examples and applications.
--Enhanced historical background information.
--Questions to Ponder are more complex and ask students to relate material in the chapter to ideas from earlier chapters.
--Calculations pose numerical problems for students to solve, based on examples in the chapter.
--Tools of Astronomy boxes present more advanced concepts.
--Try One Yourself problems involve a more mathematical understanding of astronomy.
--Worked Examples illustrate how astronomers determine some of the data we now accept as accuarate descriptions of celestial objects. ...show less