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Discovering the Universe

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ISBN-10: 1429205199

ISBN-13: 9781429205191

Edition: 8th 2008

Authors: Neil F. Comins, William J. Kaufmann

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Discovering the Universeis the bestselling brief text for descriptive one-term astronomy courses (especially those with no mathematics prerequisites). Carried along by the book's vibrant main theme, "the process of scientific discovery," the Eighth Edition furthers the book’s legacy for presenting concepts clearly and accurately while providing all the pedagogical tools to make the learning process memorable.
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Book details

List price: $130.99
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. H. Freeman & Company
Publication date: 1/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

Neil F. Comins is the author of What if the Moon Didn't Exist?He has contributed numerous articles to Astronomymagazine and has appeared on radio and television. He is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine.

Preface
Part I Understanding Astronomy
Discovering the Night Sky
What If . . . Earth’s Axis Lay on the Ecliptic?
Gravitation and the Motion of the Planets
Light and Telescopes
What If . . . Humans Had Infrared-Sensitive Eyes?
Atomic Physics and Spectra
Part II Understanding the Solar System
Formation of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems
Earth and Moon
What If . . . The Moon Didn’t Exist?
The Other Terrestrial Planets
The Outer Planets
What If . . . We Lived on a Metal-Poor Earth?
Vagabonds of the Solar System
The Sun: Our Extraordinary Ordinary Star
Understanding the Stars
Characterizing Stars
The Lives of Stars from Birth Through Middle Age
What If . . .The Earth Orbited a 1.5 M Sun?
The Deaths of Stars
What If . . . A Supernova Exploded Near Earth?
Black Holes: Matters of Gravity
Understanding the Universe
The Milky Way Galaxy
Galaxies
What If . . . The Solar System Were Located Closer to the Center of the Galaxy?
Quasars and Other Active Galaxies
Cosmology
Astrobiology
Appendices
Glossary
Answers to Margin Questions and Computational Questions
Index