Astronomy Today, Volume 2

Astronomy Today, Volume 2 : Stars and Galaxies

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For one- or two-semester introductory courses in astronomy.Chaisson/McMillan is a trusted text that offers the most complete and innovative learning package available for introductory astronomy. The goal of the Fifth Edition is to focus on the process of discovery and to better convey how science is done. Particular attention was given to clearly and concisely presenting scientific terms to the non-science student. Volume 2 includes Chapters 1-5 plus 16-28.
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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 215.9 x 269.2 x 20.3mm | 1,292.75g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • 0131176846
  • 9780131176843

Table of contents

Part 1: Astronomy and the Universe Chapter 1. Charting The Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy Our Place in Space Scientific Theory and the Scientific Method The "Obvious" View Earth's Orbital Motion Astronomical Timekeeping The Motion of the Moon The Measurement of Distance Chapter 2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science Ancient Astronomy The Geocentric Universe The Heliocentric Model of the Solar System The Birth of Modern Astronomy The Laws of Planetary Motion The Dimensions of the Solar System Newton's Laws Chapter 3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos Information from the Skies Waves in What? The Electromagnetic Spectrum Thermal Radiation The Doppler Effect Chapter 4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms Spectral Lines The Formation of Spectral Lines Molecules Spectral-Line Analysis Chapter 5. Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy Telescope Design Images and Detectors Telescope Size High-Resolution Astronomy Radio Astronomy Interferometry Space-Based Astronomy Full-Spectrum Coverage Part 3: Stars And Stellar Evolution Chapter 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star Physical Properties of the Sun The Heart of the Sun The Solar Interior The Solar Atmosphere The Active Sun Observations of Solar Neutrinos Chapter 17. Red Giants and White Dwarfs: A Field Guide to the Stars The Solar Neighborhood Luminosity and Apparent Brightness Stellar Temperatures Stellar Sizes The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram Extending the Cosmic Distance Scale Stellar Masses Mass and Other Stellar Properties Chapter 18. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust Among the Stars Interstellar Matter Emission Nebulae Dark Dust Clouds 21-Centimeter Radiation Interstellar Molecules Chapter 19. Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth Star-Forming Regions The Formation of Stars Like the Sun Stars of Other Masses Observations of Cloud Fragments and Protostars Shock Waves and Star Formation Star Clusters Chapter 20. Stellar Evolution: The Life and Death of a Star Leaving the Main Sequence Evolution of a Sun-like Star The Death of a Low-Mass Star Evolution of Stars More Massive than the Sun Observing Stellar Evolution in Star Clusters The Evolution of Binary-Star Systems Chapter 21. Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Elements Life after Death for White Dwarfs The End of a High-Mass Star Supernova Explosions The Formation of the Elements The Cycle of Stellar Evolution Chapter 22. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter Neutron Stars Pulsars Neutron-Star Binaries Gamma-Ray Bursts Black Holes The Theory of Relativity Space Travel Near Black Holes Observational Evidence for Black Holes Part 4: Galaxies And Cosmology Chapter 23. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space Our Parent Galaxy Measuring the Milky Way Galactic Structure. The Formation of the Milky Way Galactic Spiral Arms The Mass of the Milky Way Galaxy The Galactic Center Chapter 24. Normaland Active Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe Hubble's Galaxy Classification The Distribution of Galaxies in Space Hubble's Law Active Galactic Nuclei The Central Engine of an Active Galaxy Chapter 25. Galaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos Dark Matter in the Universe Galaxy Collisions Galaxy Formation and Evolution Supermassive Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei The Universe on Large Scales Chapter 26. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe The Universe on the Largest Scales The Expanding Universe The Fate of the Cosmos The Geometry of Space Will the Universe Expand Forever? Dark Energy and Cosmology The Cosmic Microwave Background Chapter 27. The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time Back to the Big Bang The Evolution of the Universe The Formation of Nuclei and Atoms The Inflationary Universe The Formation of Structure in the Universe Chapter 28. Life In The Universe: Are We Alone? Cosmic Evolution Life in the Solar System Intelligent Life in the Galaxy The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
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About Eric J. Chaisson

Eric Chaisson. Eric holds a doctorate in 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 then 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-Weld 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. Steve 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 more than 50 scientific papers in professional journals.
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