Stars and Galaxies

ISBN-10: 1111990662
ISBN-13: 9781111990664
Edition: 8th 2013
List price: $190.95
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Description: With this newly revised Eighth Edition of STARS AND GALAXIES, the authors' goals are to help you use astronomy to understand science--and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating, engaging, and visually vibrant, this text will help you  More...

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Book details

List price: $190.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.948
Language: English

With this newly revised Eighth Edition of STARS AND GALAXIES, the authors' goals are to help you use astronomy to understand science--and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating, engaging, and visually vibrant, this text will help you answer two fundamental questions: What are we? And how do we know?

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.

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
Here and Now
Where Are You? When Is Now? Why Study Astronomy?
A User's Guide to the Sky
The Stars
The Sky and Celestial Motion
The Cycles of the Sun
Astronomical Influences on Earth's Climate
Cycles of the Moon
The Changeable Moon
Lunar Eclipses
Solar Eclipses
Predicting Eclipses
The Origin of Modern Astronomy
The Roots of Astronomy
The Copernican Revolution
Planetary Motion
Galileo Galilei
Modern Astronomy
Gravity
Galileo and Newton
Orbital Motion and Tides
Einstein and Relativity
Light and Telescopes
Radiation: Information from Space
Telescopes
Observations on Earth: Optical and Radio
Airborne and Space Observatories
Astronomical Instruments and Techniques
Nonelectromagnetic Astronomy
The Stars
Atoms and Spectra
Atoms
Interactions of Light and Matter
Understanding Spectra
The Sun
The Solar Atmosphere
Solar Activity
Nuclear Fusion in the Sun
The Family of Stars
Star Distances
Apparent Brightness, Intrinsic Brightness, and Luminosity
Stellar Spectra
Star Sizes
Star Masses--Binary Stars
A Census of the Stars
The Interstellar Medium
Studying the Interstellar Medium
Components of the Interstellar Medium
The Gas-Stars-Gas Cycle
The Formation and Structure of Stars
Making Stars from the Interstellar Medium
The Orion Nebula: Evidence of Star Formation
Young Stellar Objects and Protostellar Disks
Stellar Structure
The Source of Stellar Energy
Stellar Evolution
Main-Sequence Stars
Post-Main-Sequence Evolution
Star Clusters: Evidence of Evolution
Variable Stars: Evidence of Evolution
The Deaths of Stars
Lower-Main-Sequence Stars
The Evolution of Binary Stars
Neutron Stars and Black Holes
Neutron Stars
Black Holes
Compact Objects with Disks and Jets
The Universe
The Milky Way Galaxy
Discovery of the Galaxy
Structure of the Galaxy
Spiral Arms and Star Formation
The Nucleus of the Galaxy
Origin and History of the Milky Way Galaxy
Galaxies
The Family of Galaxies
Measuring the Properties of Galaxies
The Evolution of Galaxies
Active Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes
Active Galactic Nuclei
Supermassive Black Holes
Modern Cosmology
Introduction to the Universe
The Big Bang Theory
Space & Time; Matter & Energy
Twenty-First-Century Cosmology
Life
Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds
The Nature of Life
Life in the Universe
Intelligent Life in the Universe
Afterword
Units and Astronomical Data
Introduction
Fundamental and Derived SI Units
Observing the Sky

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