Freeman’s briefest, least expensive introductory astronomy text.
Discovering the Essential Universe, Fifth Edition is one of the briefest texts available for the introductory astronomy course, while still providing the wide range of factual topics that are the hallmark of the text and are consistent with most course needs. Discovering the Essential Universe provides up-to-date explanations of core concepts in a flexible and student-friendly text, supported by an impressive collection of multimedia resources developed by astronomy education researchers. It is also up to date, reflecting how our knowledge about the universe is expanding at a phenomenal rate.
Neil F. Comins is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine and author of popular scientific books, articles, and textbooks. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from University College, Cardiff, Wales. He is the author of What If the Earth Had Two Moons?
1 Discovering the Night Sky
2 Gravitation and the Motion of the Planets
3 Light and Telescopes
4 Formation of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems
5 The Terrestrial Planets and Their Moons
6 The Outer Planets and Their Moons
7 Dwarf Planets and Small Solar System Bodies
8 The Sun: Our Extraordinary Ordinary Star
9 Characterizing Stars
10 The Lives of Stars
11 The Deaths and Remnants of Stars
12 The Galaxies
Answers to Margin Questions and Computational Questions