In Quest of the Universe: / Edition 2

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A text for a nonmajor introductory course, serving as an introduction to astronomy and to science in general. Treatment moves from the solar system to stars to galaxies, with a final chapter on cosmology. Includes margin notes and definitions, review quizes, discussion questions, calculation exercises, activities, and questions keyed to the publisher's Web site. Optional mathematical exercises are interspersed through the text, with worked examples and answers. Boxed readings discuss topics of interest such as the search for extraterrestrial life, and present personal accounts of astronomers. This second edition includes color photos from the Hubble Space Telescope and incorporates the latest research in the field. There is expanded discussion of the Hubble device, findings from recent missions, and interstellar matter and star formation. This edition has a larger page size, allowing for enlarged color photos and illustrations, and color cues located at the first reference in the text to each figure. Figures are placed on the same page as accompanying material. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763706050
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Astronomy Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.77 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 0.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Quest Ahead 1
Ch. 1 An Earth-Centered Universe 13
Ch. 2 A Sun-Centered Universe 39
Ch. 3 Galileo, Newton, and Einstein 63
Ch. 4 Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum 95
Ch. 5 Telescopes: Windows to the Universe 121
Ch. 6 The Earth-Moon System 153
Ch. 7 A Planetary Overview 197
Ch. 8 The Terrestrial Planets 227
Ch. 9 The Jovian Planets 265
Ch. 10 Pluto and Solar System Debris 305
Ch. 11 The Sun 337
Ch. 12 Measuring the Properties of Stars 367
Ch. 13 Interstellar Matter and Star Formation 401
Ch. 14 The Lives and Deaths of Stars 423
Ch. 15 The Deaths of Massive Stars 449
Ch. 16 The Milky Way Galaxy 479
Ch. 17 The Diverse Galaxies 507
Ch. 18 Cosmology: The Nature of the Universe 543
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