Perspectives on Astronomy

ISBN-10: 0495392731
ISBN-13: 9780495392736
Edition: 2008
List price: $145.95
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Description: Authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman personalize the history of the universe by placing you at the center of the latest chapter in a grand and amazing story. You will learn how we are the latest link in the "great chain of origins." And, by  More...

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List price: $145.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 1/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman personalize the history of the universe by placing you at the center of the latest chapter in a grand and amazing story. You will learn how we are the latest link in the "great chain of origins." And, by emphasizing the role of the scientific process, Seeds and Backman will help you also understand how analyzing scientific evidence not only answers the question "How do we know?," but provide deeper insights into our place in the universe as well. Each new copy of the text comes with access to ThomsonNOW?, an online personalized learning system designed to save you time in studying and to help you prepare for exams through a series of diagnostic tests and personalized study plans.

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.

Dana Backman works for the SETI Institute of Mountain View, California, as director of outreach for the SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) mission at NASA's Ames Research Center. He also teaches introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. From 1991 to 2003, he taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he invented and taught a Life in the Universe course in the interdisciplinary Foundations program. Dr. Backman's research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system's Kuiper Belt. With Mike Seeds, he also coauthored HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition (2012); UNIVERSE: SOLAR SYSTEMS, STARS, AND GALAXIES, Seventh Edition (2012); and FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY (2013), all published by Cengage Learning. Dr. Backman earned his bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate from the University of Hawai'i.

Exploring the Sky
The Scale of the Cosmos: From Solar System to Galaxy to Universe
User's Guide to the Sky: Patterns and Cycles
The Stars
The Sky and its Motions
The Cycle of the Sun
The Cycles of the Moon
Eclipses
Circles Around the Earth Become Orbits Around the Sun
Astronomy Before Copernicus
Nicolaus Copernicus
Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and Planetary Motion
Galileo Galilei
Isaac Newton, Gravity, and Orbits
Astronomical Teloscopes and Instruments: Extending Humanity's Vision
Radiation: Information from Space
Telescopes
Observatories on Earth-Optical and Radio
Astronomical Instruments and Techniques
Airborne and Space Observatories
The Stars
Sun Light and Sun Atoms
The Sun-Basic Characteristics
The Origin of Sunlight
The Sun's Surface
Light, Matter, and Motion
The Sun's Atmosphere
Solar Activity
The Family of Stars
Star Distances
Apparent Brightness, Intrinsic Brightness, and Luminosity
Star Temperatures
Star Sizes
Masses of Stars-Binary Stars
Typical Stars
The Structure and Formation of Stars
Stellar Structure
Nuclear Fusion in the Sun and Stars
Main-Sequence Stars
The Birth of Stars
The Deaths of Stars
Giant Stars
The Deaths of Lower-Main-Sequence Stars
The Evolution of Binary Systems
The Deaths of Massive Stars
Neutron Stars
Black Holes
Galaxies and Cosmology
The Milky Way Galaxy
The Discovery of the Galaxy
Spiral Arms and Star Formation
The Origin and History of the Milky Way
The Nucleus
Galaxies
The Family of Galaxies
Measuring the Properties of Galaxies
The Evolution of Galaxies
Active Galaxies and Quasars
Cosmology in the 21st Century
Introduction to the Universe
The Big Bang Theory
Space and Time
21st-Century Cosmology
The Solar System
The Origin of the Solar System
The Great Chain of Origins
A Survey of the Planets
Space Debris: Planet Building Blocks
The Story of Planet Formation
Planets Orbiting Other Stars
Comparative Planetology of the Terrestrial Planets
A Travel Guide to the Terrestrial Planets
Earth: The Active Planet
The Moon
Mercury
Venus
Mars
Comparative Planetology of the Outer Planets
A Travel Guide to the Outer Planets
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Pluto: Planet No More
Life
Life on Other Worlds
The Nature of Life
The Origin of Life
Communication with Distant Civilizations
Afterword
Units and Astronomical Data
Observing the Sky
Glossary
Index

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