Astronomy : Journey to the Cosmic Frontier

ISBN-10: 007299181X

ISBN-13: 9780072991819

Edition: 4th 2005

Authors: John D. Fix

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This is a text for an introductory astronomy course. One of the main goals is to provide a broad enough and deep enough backround in astronomy so the student will be able to follow current developments in astronomy years after they complete the course. This book presumes that most of its readers are not science majors and that they probably have not had a college-level science or mathematics course. The book provides a complete description of current astronomical knowledge, neither at an extreme technical level nor at a level that fails to communicate the quantitative nature of physical science. Finally, the historical development of astronomy is emphasized to show that astronomy, like other sciences, advances through the efforts of many scientists, and to show how present ideas have been developed.
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Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Binding: Hardcover
Language: English

Journey's Start
Patterns in the Sky
Ancient Astronomy
Renaissance Astronomy
Gravity and Motion
Light and Telescopes
Processes at Work in the Solar System
The Earth
The Moon
Mercury and Venus
Mars
Jupiter and Saturn
The Outer Planets
Satellites
Solar System Debris
Basic Properties of Stars
The Sun
The Formation of Stars and Planets
The Evolution of Stars
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes
Binary Star Systems
The Milky Way
Galaxies
Quasars and Other Active Galaxies
Galaxy Clusters and the Structure of the Universe
Cosmology
Life in the Universe
Appendixes
Mathematical and Physical Constants
Astronomical Constants
Conversion Factors
Orbital Properties of the Planets
Physical Properties of the Planets
Properties of the Satellites of the Planets
Orbital Properties of Selected Asteroids
Orbital Properties of Selected Comets
Properties of Selected Meteor Showers
The Constellations
Stars Nearer Than Four Parsecs
The Brightest Stars
Known and Suspected Members of the Local Group of Galaxies
The Brightest Galaxies Beyond the Local Group
Properties of Selected Clusters of Galaxies
Logarithmic Graphs
Answers to Odd-Numbered Questions
Glossary
Credits
Index
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