Astronomy : A Beginners Guide to the Universe, 2000 Media Update Edition

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This brief paperback text incorporates the hallmarks of the Chaisson/McMillan texts: an exceptional writing style, an emphasis on critical thinking and visualization, and a leading-edge technology program. Designed for students with little or no scientific background, Astronomy, 2/e has been streamlined throughout with a more open, student-friendly design. In addition, a free electronic multimedia version of the text is included with each copy. The CD contains approximately 35 updates on events and discoveries that have occurred since the print based book was more

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  • Paperback | 564 pages
  • 215.9 x 279.4 x 19.05mm | 1,242.84g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 2nd edition
  • 013085848X
  • 9780130858481

Table of contents

Prologue: Charting The Heavens. 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. 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. Moon, Rings, and Pluto: Small Worlds Among Giants. 9. The Sun: Our Planet Star. 10. Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence. 11. The Interstellar Medium: Birthplace of Stars. 12. Stellar Evolution: The Lives and Deaths of Stars. 13. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter. 14. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design. 15. Normal Galaxies: The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe. 16. Active Galaxies and Quasars: Limits of the Observable Universe. 17. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe. 18. Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?show more

About Eric Chaisson

ERIC CHAISSON holds a doctorate inn Astrophysics from Harvard University, where he spent ten years on the faculty of Arts and Sciences. For five years, Eric was a Senior Scientist and Director of Educational Programs at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Johns Hopkins University. He recently joined Tufts University, where he is now Professor of Physics, Professor of Education, and Director of the Wright Center for Innovative Science Education. He has written nine books on astronomy, which have received such literary awards as the Phi Beta Kappa Prize, two American Institute of Physics Awards, and Harvard's Smith Prize for Literary Merit. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in professional journals, and has also received Harvard's Bok Prize for original contributions to astrophysics. STEVE MCMILLAN holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and a doctorate in Astronomy from Harvard University. He held post-doctoral positions at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, where he continued his research in theoretical astrophysics, star clusters, and numerical modeling. Steve is currently Distinguished Professor of Physics at Drexel University and a frequent visiting researcher at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Tokyo. He has published over 40 scientific papers in professional more

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