Astronomy: Journey to the Cosmic Frontier with Starry Nights / Edition 4

Astronomy: Journey to the Cosmic Frontier with Starry Nights / Edition 4

by John D. Fix
     
 

ISBN-10: 0073040789

ISBN-13: 9780073040783

Pub. Date: 01/12/2005

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

This is a text for an introductory astronomy course. One of the main goals is to provide a broad enough and deep enough background 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

Overview

This is a text for an introductory astronomy course. One of the main goals is to provide a broad enough and deep enough background 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780073040783
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date:
01/12/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Astronomy: Journey to the Cosmic Frontier, 4e

Foreword

Preface

Guided Tour

Part 1 The Journey Begins

1 Journey's Start

2 Patterns in the Sky

3 Ancient Astronomy

4 Renaissance Astronomy

5 Gravity and Motion

6 Light and Telescopes

Part 2 Journey Through the Solar System

7 Overview of the Solar System

8 The Earth

9 The Moon

10 Mercury and Venus

11 Mars

12 Jupiter and Saturn

13 The Outer Planets

14 Satellites

15 Solar System Debris

Part 3 Journey to the Stars

16 Basic Properties of Stars

17 The Sun

18 The Formation of Stars and Planets

19 The Evolution of Stars

20 White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes

21 Binary Star Systems

Part 4 Journey to the Cosmic Frontier

22 The Milky Way

23 Galaxies

24 Quasars and Other Active Galaxies

25 Galaxy Clusters and the Structure of the Universe

26 Cosmology

Part 5 Journey in Search of Life

27 Life in the Universe

Appendixes

Glossary

References

Credits

Index

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