Cosmic Perspective The Solar System

ISBN-10: 0321642678
ISBN-13: 9780321642677
Edition: 6th 2010
List price: $110.07
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Description: Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage,The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System,Sixth Editionprovides the most engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science readers. The book provides a  More...

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Book details

List price: $110.07
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 12/21/2009
Binding: Mixed Media
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage,The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System,Sixth Editionprovides the most engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science readers. The book provides a wealth of features to help enhance reader skill building, including new Visual Skills Check end-of-chapter questions that provide an opportunity for readers to test their visual interpretation skills, new Cosmic Context Figures that help readers synthesize key concepts and processes, and a new comprehensive visual overview of scale to help readers explore the scale of time and space. TheSixth Editionhas also been fully updated to include the latest astronomical observations, research, and theoretical developments. Our Place in the Universe, Discovering the Universe for Yourself,The Science of Astronomy, Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity, Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos, Telescopes: Portals of Discovery, Our Solar System, Formation of the Solar System, Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds, Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds, Jovian Planet Systems, Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts, Other Planetary Systems: The New Science of Distant Worlds, Our Star, Surveying the Stars, Star Birth, Star Stuff, The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard, Our Galaxy, Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology, Galaxy Evolution, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe, The Beginning of Time, Life in the Universe Inteded for those interested in learning the basics of astronomy

Jeffrey BennettJeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. (1981) in biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (1987) in astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school, including more than 50 college classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education. He served two years as a visiting senior scientist at NASA headquarters, where he created NASA's "IDEAS" program, started a program to fly teachers aboard NASA's airborne observatories (including SOFIA), and worked on numerous educational programs For The Hubble Space Telescope and other space science missions. He also proposed the idea for and helped develop both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System on the CU-Boulder campus And The Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in addition to this astronomy textbook, he has written college-level textbooks in astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics; two books For The general public: on the Cosmic Horizon (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008); and an award-winning series of children's books that includes Max Goes To The Moon, Max Goes to Mars, Max Goes to Jupiter, and Max's Ice Age Adventure. When not working, he enjoys participating in masters swimming and in the daily adventures of life with his wife, Lisa; his children, Grant and Brooke; and his dog, Cosmo. His personal Website is www.jeffreybennett.com.Seth Shostak earned his B.A. in physics from Princeton University (1965) and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology (1972). He is currently a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, where he helps press the search for intelligent cosmic company. for much of his career, Seth conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies and investigated the fact that these massive objects contain large amounts of unseen mass. He has worked at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, the Netherlands (where he learned to speak bad Dutch). Seth also founded and ran a company that produced computer animation for television. He has written several hundred popular articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film, and television. A frequent fixture on the lecture circuit, Seth gives approximately 70 talks annually at both educational and corporate institutions, and he is also a frequent commentator on astronomical matters for radio and television. His book Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (National Geographic, 2009) details the latest ideas, as well as the personal experience of his day job. When he's not trying to track down aliens, Seth can often be found behind the microphone, as host of the SETI Institute's weekly, one-hour radio show about science, Are We Alone.

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