Foundations of Astronomy / Edition 5

Foundations of Astronomy / Edition 5

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by Michael A. Seeds
     
 

ISBN-10: 0534547656

ISBN-13: 9780534547653

Pub. Date: 07/01/1998

Publisher: Cengage Learning

This newly revised and updated Sixth Edition of FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY shows students 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.
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This newly revised and updated Sixth Edition of FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY shows students 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.
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. Fascinating and vivid, the book conveys the author's love of the subject, 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, not through memorization of facts. The book's use of mathematics is incorporated into the body of the text (as well as in separate sections for easy reference), but the arguments of the text do not depend on mathematical reasoning, allowing math-averse students to easily follow the story. The revision covers the history of astronomy, elementary physics concepts, stars and galaxies, the origins of the universe, and the Solar System.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780534547653
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Series:
Astronomy Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
640

Table of Contents

1The Scale of the Cosmos1
Unit IThe Sky17
2The Earth and Sky18
3Lunar Phases, Tides, and Eclipses41
4The Origin of Modern Astronomy65
5Newton, Einstein, and Gravity91
6Light and Telescopes113
Unit IIThe Stars139
7Starlight and Atoms140
8The Sun - Our Star163
9Measuring Stars185
10Binary Stars207
11The Formation of Stars225
12Stellar Evolution253
13The Deaths of Stars277
14Neutron Stars and Black Holes299
Unit IIIThe Universe323
15The Milky Way324
16Galaxies349
17Peculiar Galaxies373
18Cosmology397
Unit IVThe Solar System421
19The Origin of the Solar System422
20Planet Earth443
21The Moon and Mercury: Airless Worlds459
22Venus and Mars485
23Jupiter and Saturn513
24Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto545
25Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets573
Unit VLife605
26Life on Other Worlds606
27Afterword627

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