Solar System / Edition 8by Michael A. Seeds
Pub. Date: 01/01/2012
Publisher: Cengage Learning
This newly revised and updated Second Edition shows students their place in the universe not just their location,
Adapted from the newly revised FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, Sixth Edition, THE SOLAR SYSTEM, Second Edition contains the introductory and historical astronomy chapters as well as the planets chapters and the last chapter, "Life on Other Worlds".
This newly revised and updated Second Edition 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, the book 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 and 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.
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Table of Contents1. The Scale of the Cosmos. 2. The Sky. 3. The Cycles of the Moon. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Newton, Einstein, And Gravity. 6. Light and Telescopes. 7. Starlight and Atoms. 8. The SunOur Star. Perspective: Origins. 20. The Origin of the Solar System. 21. Planet Earth. 22. The Moon and Mercury: Airless Worlds. 23. Venus and Mars. 24. Jupiter and Saturn. 25. Uranus, Neptune, And Pluto. 26. Meteorites, Asteroids, And Comets. 27. Life on Other Worlds.
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