Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe / Edition 1

Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe / Edition 1

by Eric Chaisson, Steve McMillan
     
 

Nearly every chapter substantially updated with new and late-breaking information, such as:

  • Coverage of the search for extrasolar planets.
  • A discussion of the accelerating universe.
  • Expanded coverage of gamma ray bursts.
  • Continuing coverage of the Galileo mission to Jupiter.

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Overview

Nearly every chapter substantially updated with new and late-breaking information, such as:

  • Coverage of the search for extrasolar planets.
  • A discussion of the accelerating universe.
  • Expanded coverage of gamma ray bursts.
  • Continuing coverage of the Galileo mission to Jupiter.

New Concept Check discussion questions integrated throughout each chapter


These critical thinking questions test conceptual understanding of the material just presented and help place it in a broader context. Answers to Concept Check questions are included in the Appendix to aid self-assessment.

A fully integrated media package


The media package for Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe, Third Edition fully integrates the text and its accompanying multimedia resources. Icons are included throughout to indicate the availability of additional complementary material on the CD-ROM and/or text-specific website. The CD-ROM and website are also hyperlinked where appropriate.

The free CD-ROM inside this text includes:

  • An electronic, fully-hyperlinked version of the entire Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe, Third Edition text. Cross-links, objectives, glossary terms, and hints to end-of-chapter true/false and fill-in-the-blank self-tests are all linked to the relevant text section.
  • Integrated links to the Chaisson/McMillian website.
  • 56 videos and animations, larger and enhanced, and now featuring narrative voiceovers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780136440635
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
497
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Charting the Heavens1
1The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science13
2Light and Matter: The Inner Workings of the Cosmos43
3Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy73
4The Solar System: Interplanetary Matter and the Birth of the Planets103
5Earth and Its Moon: Our Cosmic Backyard137
6The Terrestrial Planets: A Study in Contrasts169
7The Jovian Planets: Giants of the Solar System199
8Moons, Rings, and Pluto: Small Worlds Among Giants227
9The Sun: Our Parent Star255
10Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence279
11The Interstellar Medium: Birthplace of Stars307
12Stellar Evolution: The Lives and Deaths of Stars335
13Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter365
14The Milky Way Galaxy: A Grand Design391
15Normal Galaxies: The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe419
16Active Galaxies and Quasars: Limits of the Observable Universe449
17Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe477
18Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?505

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