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This newly revised and updated 3rd edition of ASTRONOMY: THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND engages students as it illustrates their place in the universe - not just their location, but also their role as planet dwellers in an evolving universe. Fascinating and engaging, the book illustrates how science works, and how scientists depend on evidence to test hypotheses. Students will learn to focus on the scientific method through the strong central theme of "how we know what we know." Through a discussion of this interplay between evidence and hypothesis, Seeds provides not just a series of facts, but also a conceptual framework for understanding the logic of astronomical knowledge. The book vividly conveys the author's love of astronomy, shows students how the universe can be described by a small set of physical laws, and illustrates how they can comprehend their place in the universe by understanding these laws, rather than simply memorizing facts. By crafting a story about astronomy, Seeds shows students how to ask questions of nature and therefore gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world. With the use of mathematics set off in boxes, the book's presentation is flexible and allows instructors to teach to differing student levels. This is the first text from Mike Seeds to be written using a planets-first approach.

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A nicely illustrated introduction for non-science majors. Seeds (Franklin and Marshall College) includes numerous sidebars and end-of- chapter questions and exercises<-->some designed for researching on the Internet. The CD-ROM contains the student edition of The Sky (a planetarium program). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534395377
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/24/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 445
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Seeds is the John W. Wetzel Professor of Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College as well as Director of the College's Joseph R. Grundy Observatory. His research interests include peculiar variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. He is the Principal Astronomer in charge of the Phoenix 10, the first fully robotic telescope, located in southern Arizona. In 1989, he received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for distinguished Teaching. In addition to teaching, writing, and research, Mike has created educational tools for use in computer-smart classrooms and continues to develop his upper-level courses in Archaeoastronomy and in the History of Astronomy. He has also published educational software for preliterate toddlers. Mike was Senior Consultant in the creation of the 26-episode telecourse UNIVERSE: THE INFINITE FRONTIER. He is the author of several introductory astronomy textbooks, including HORIZONS EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, 9th Edition (2006), published by Thomson Brooks/Cole.

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Table of Contents

Part I: THE ASTRONOMER'S SKY. Introduction: The Scale of the Cosmos. 1. The View from Earth. 2. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 3. Astronomical Tools. 4. Atoms and Starlight. Part II: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 5. The Origin of the Solar System. 6. Earth and Its Moon. 7. Mercury, Venus, and Mars. 8. Worlds of the Outer Solar System. 9. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets. Part III: THE STARS. 10. The Sun—Our Star. 11. The Properties of Stars. 12. The Formation and Structure of Stars. 13. The Deaths of Stars. 14. Neutron Stars and Black Holes. Part IV: THE UNIVERSE. 15. The Milky Way Galaxy. 16. Galaxies. 17. Galaxies with Active Nuclei. 18. Cosmology. Part V: LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE. 19. Life on Other Worlds. Afterword. Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data. Appendix B: Observing the Sky. Glossary. Answers. Index.

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