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Astronomy The Cosmic Journey

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ISBN-10: 053439647X

ISBN-13: 9780534396473

Edition: 6th 2002 (Revised)

Authors: William K. Hartmann, Chris Impey

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This hybrid text/Web product is a comprehensive introduction to astronomy, covering all of the major topics in a thorough, yet concise approach. The authors take students on a threefold journey through history (where they see how humans slowly developed our present picture of the universe); through space, from Earth outward (where they see how our expanding frontiers have revealed the geography of our universe); and through cosmic time (where they travel back through cosmic time).. Through these themes, the book's content connects science and the humanities, without treating science as just an assortment of physical facts. The authors thoughtfully link astronomy to human concerns such as…    
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List price: $128.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 12/14/2001
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 488
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.684
Language: English

William K. Hartmann is known internationally as a planetary astronomer, writer, and painter. He is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. His research has involved the origin and evolution of planets and studies of the surfaces of Mars, the moon, asteroids, and comets. Asteroid 3341 is named after him in recognition of this work, and in 1998 he was named first recipient of the Carl Sagan medal of the American Astronomical Society for communicating planetary science to the public. In 2002 he was awarded a medal from the European Geophysical Society for his work on planetary cratering. He has authored three other astronomy books for Thomson, Brooks-Cole,…    

Chris Impey is an award-winningUniversity Distinguished Professor at theUniversity of Arizona. In addition to hiscritically acclaimed books How It Beginsand How It Ends, he has written twoastronomy textbooks. He lives in Tucson,Arizona.

Invitation to the Cosmic Journey
Our Definition of Astronomy
A Survey of the Universe
A Word about Mathematics
A Note about Names of People
A Hint on Using This Book
Face To Face with the Universe
Prehistoric Astronomy: Origins of Science and Superstition
The Earliest Astronomy: Motives and Artifacts (c
30,000 BC)
Calendar Refinements (10,000-3,000 BC)
Other Early Discoveries
Origin of the Constellations
The Seasons: Solstices, Equinoxes, and Their Applications
Astrology: Ancient Origins of a Superstition
Eclipses: Occasions for Awe
Advanced Problem
Historic Advances: Worlds in the Sky
Early Cosmologies and the Abstract Thinking (2500-100 BC)
The System of Angular Measurement
Early Greek Astronomy (c
600 BC to AD 150)
Optional Basic
The Small-Angle Equation
Ancient Astronomy beyond the Mediterranean
Advanced Problems
Discovering the Layout of the Solar System
Clues to the Solar System's Configuration
Problems with the Ptolemaic Model
The Copernican Revolution
Bode's Rule
The Solar System as We Know it Today
Advanced Problems
Gravity and the Conquest of Space
Dreams of Escaping Earth
Newton's Law of Gravitational Force
Optional Basic
Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation
Optional Basic
Calculating Circular and Escape Velocities
Rockets and Spaceships
The Decision to Explore the Moon: Science and the National Policy
After Apollo
Space Exploration and Science: Cost and Results
Looking to the Future
Advanced Problems
Light and the Spectrum: Messages from Space
The Nature of Light: Waves vs
The Spectrum
Origins of Light: Electromagnetic Disturbances
Emission Lines and Bands
Optional Basic
Measuring Temperatures of Astronomical Bodies: Wien's Law
Absorption Lines and Bands
Analyzing Spectra
The Three Functions of Telescopes
Using Visual Telescopes
Photography with Telescopes
Image Processing Spectrophotometry
Light Pollution: A Threat to Astronomy
Detecting Nature's Messages from Space
New Frontiers
Advanced Problems
Earth as a Planet
Earth's Age
Earth's Internal Structure
Lithospheres and Plate Tectonics: An Explanation of Planetary Landscapes
Other Important Processes in Earth's Evolution
Earth's Magnetic Field
Earth's Atmosphere and Oceans
The Cosmic Connection
Environmental Changes on Today's Earth
Advanced Problems
The Moon's Phases and Rotation
Tidal Evolution of the Earth-Moon System
Surface Features of the Moon
Flights to the Moon
Lunar Rocks: Implications for the Moon and Earth
The Interior of the Moon
Cratering of the Moon and Earth
Optional Basic
The Definition of Mean Density
Ice Deposits at the Lunar Poles? Where Did the Moon Come From? Return to the Moon? Summary
Advanced Problems
Introducing the Planets-Mercury
A Survey of the Planets
Comparative Planetology: An Approach to Studying Planets
The Planet Mercury
Advanced Problems
The Slow Retrograde Rotation of Venus
Venus' Infernal Atmosphere
The Rocky Landscapes of Venus
Lesson 1 In Comparative Planetology: Surface Features vs
Planet Size
Lesson 2 in Comparative Planetology: Why Do Some Planets Lack Atmospheres? Summary
Advanced Problems
Mars as Seen with Earth-Based Telescopes
The Lure of Mars
Voyages to the Surface of Mars
Major Geological Features
Two Great Mysteries of Mars: Ancient Climate and Ancient Life
Martian Satellites: Phobos and Deimos
A Lesson in Comparative Planetology: The Topography of Earth, Venus, and Mars
Advanced Problems. P