Astronomy: The Evolving Universe / Edition 8

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This book explores the entire realm of astrophysical research including historical perspectives, planets, the solar system, formation of galaxies, interstellar medium, spectra and electromagnetic radiation. It includes the lastest astronomical research, and more on night sky naked eye observing
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Booknews
A highly illustrated (in color) textbook for a one-semester introduction to astronomy. It describes the full range of the astronomical universe and how astronomers think about the cosmos. This edition (sixth was 1991) includes the latest observations of the Big Bang, key discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope, the views of Venus from the Magellan mission, the start of a new search for extraterrestrial life, and the rediscovery of the comet Swift-Tuttle (missing for over a hundred years). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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More streamlined than its predecessors, this ninth edition incorporates many learning tools for novice science students, as well as a number of other innovations (e.g., a chapter titled "Einstein's vision" about general relativity). Chapters follow the Earth-out model (Earth, Moon, planets, sun, stars, galaxies) with a few unusual additions, such as the chapter "cosmic violence," which covers quasars, gravitational lenses, and active galactic nuclei. Many nice photos and diagrams as well as an extensive glossary are included. Zeilik teaches astronomy at the University of New Mexico; his current research projects focus on astronomy education and astronomy in the historic and prehistoric Pueblo world in the Southwest US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A slick introductory textbook that vaguely resembles a really thick Discover magazine. Zeilik...presents each topic in a patient, engaging manner, and even includes some material from his research on astronomy in the historic and prehistoric Pueblo world." Book News

"This is an ideal reference book which can be used in conjunction with lecture material." Astronomy & Space

"The science is accurate and presented in a logical sequence, with concepts stressed more than vocabulary. The photos and figures have been thoughtfully selected and generously sized, and the prose is written in an engagingly colloquial style.... The text continually explains the significance of what the reader is studying.... anyone seeking a good descriptive overview of astronomy at the dawn of the 21st century should certainly consider using this excellent book." Science Books and Films

"...provides a clearly written introduction to astronomy for undergraduates or interested novices. It is recommended for undergraduate science collections, as well as public libraries providing continuing education resourcesin the sciences." E-Streams

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471135661
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

CHANGING CONCEPTS OF THE COSMOS.

From Chaos to Cosmos.

The Birth of Cosmological Models.

The New Cosmic Order.

The Clockwork Universe.

The Birth of Astrophysics.

Telescopes and Our Insight to the Cosmos.

Einstein and the Evolving Universe.

THE PLANETS: PAST AND PRESENT.

The Earth: An Evolving Planet.

The Moon and Mercury: Dead Worlds.

Venus and Mars: Evolved Worlds.

The Jovian Planets: Primitive Worlds.

The Origin and Evolution of the Solar System.

THE UNIVERSE OF STARS.

Our Sun: Local Star.

The Stars as Suns.

Starbirth and Interstellar Matter.

Star Lives.

Stardeath.

GALAXIES AND COSMIC EVOLUTION.

The Evolution of the Galaxy.

The Universe of Galaxies.

Cosmic Violence.

Cosmic History.

Bios and Cosmos.

Appendices.

Glossary.

Index.

Photo Credits.

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