Perspectives on Astronomy

ISBN-10: 0495113522

ISBN-13: 9780495113522

Edition: 2008

Authors: Michael A. Seeds, Dana E. Backman

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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.
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List price: $136.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 1/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Michael A. Seeds has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1970. In 1989, he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Seeds's 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 of HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Eleventh Edition (2009); ASTRONOMY: THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND, Sixth Edition (2009); and PERSPECTIVES OF ASTRONOMY (2008), all published by Cengage. He was Senior Consultant in the creation of the twenty-six-episode telecourse accompanying the book HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE.

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
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
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
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
Comparative Planetology of the Outer Planets
A Travel Guide to the Outer Planets
Pluto: Planet No More
Life on Other Worlds
The Nature of Life
The Origin of Life
Communication with Distant Civilizations
Units and Astronomical Data
Observing the Sky
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