Stars and Galaxies

ISBN-10: 0495015792
ISBN-13: 9780495015796
Edition: 5th 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Michael A. Seeds
List price: $174.95
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Description: With this newly revised 5th edition of STARS AND GALAXIES, Mike Seeds' goal is to help students use astronomy to understand science and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text illustrates the scientific method and  More...

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Book details

List price: $174.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 2/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

With this newly revised 5th edition of STARS AND GALAXIES, Mike Seeds' goal is to help students use astronomy to understand science and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text illustrates the scientific method and guides students to answer these fundamental questions: "What are we?" and "How do we know?" In discussing the interplay between evidence and hypothesis, Seeds provides not just facts, but a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of science. The book vividly conveys his love of astronomy, and illustrates how students can comprehend their place in the universe by grasping a small set of physical laws. Crafting a story about astronomy, Mike shows students how to ask questions to gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world. Mathematics is incorporated into the text (and in separate sections for easy reference), but the book's arguments do not depend on mathematical reasoning, keeping even math-averse students engaged. The revision addresses the newest developments and latest discoveries in the field, including new evidence of dark energy and the acceleration of the universe and a look inside supernova explosions. Students are also provided with an online assessment tool, called AceAstronomy. Designed specifically to help students prepare for tests and exams, AceAstronomy improves conceptual understanding by providing a personalized learning plan based on a pre-test diagnostic.

Dianne Hales is one of the country's most widely published authors of books & articles on health subjects. Her husband, Robert E. Hales, M.D., is a nationally renowned psychiatrist. He is professor & chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, & the author of more than 125 scientific publications. Together, they are also the co-authors of the definitive, award-winning reference work "Caring for the Mind: The Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health."Michael A. Seeds has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall (F&M) College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1970. In 1989, he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Seeds' love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe. His research interests focus on variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman and Michele Montgomery of HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Thirteenth Edition, and UNIVERSE HYBRID: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS AND GALAXIES, Eighth Edition, both published by Cengage Learning. He was Senior Consultant in the creation of the twenty-six-episode telecourse accompanying the book HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition.

Exploring The Sky
The Scale of the Cosmos
The Sky
The Cycles of the Moon
The Origin of Modern Astronomy
Newton, Einstein, and Gravity
Astronomical Tools
The Stars
Atoms and Starlight
The Sun--Our Star
The Family of Stars
The Interstellar Medium
The Formation of Stars
Stellar Evolution
The Deaths of Stars
Neutron Stars and Black Holes
The Universe
The Milky Way Galaxy
Galaxies
Galaxies with Active Nuclei
Cosmology in the 21st Century
Life
Life on Other Worlds
Afterword
Units and Astronomical Data
Observing the Sky
Glossary
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems
Index

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