Unfolding Our Universe

ISBN-10: 0521592704
ISBN-13: 9780521592703
Edition: 1999
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Description: Unfolding Our Universe is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to astronomy. With a clear, crisp text and beautiful colour illustrations, it takes readers to the heart of the Universe - explaining the facts, concepts, methods and frontiers of  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.146
Language: English

Unfolding Our Universe is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to astronomy. With a clear, crisp text and beautiful colour illustrations, it takes readers to the heart of the Universe - explaining the facts, concepts, methods and frontiers of astronomical science. The book can be read right through without referring to any mathematics. For the more ambitious reader, key points are developed in more detail and basic mathematics provided in self-contained boxes. A unique feature of Unfolding Our Universe is the careful balance it strikes between the basics of the subject and its frontiers. Step by step, it carefully assembles a complete understanding of astronomy. Full colour throughout and a very readable text make this book a delight for the casual reader to browse, while the clear and concise explanations will appeal to amateur astronomers, science teachers and college and university students seeking a no-nonsense introduction to astronomy.

Foreword
Overview of the universe
Observing the universe
The moving sky
Orbits and gravity
The earth-moon system
Worlds beyond - the planets
Wandering fragments: minor members of the solar system
The sun - our neighborhood star
Stars - basic properties
Nebulae and the birth of stars and planets
Stellar life cycles
Collapsing, exploding and interacting stars
The Milky Way and other galaxies
Active Galaxies and Quasars
Cosmology: beginnings and endings
Wider issues
Appendices
Units of measurement and physical constants
Solar system data
The brightest and nearest stars

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