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With this newly revised sixth edition of STARS AND GALAXIES, author Mike Seeds' goal is to help you use astronomy to understand science—and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text will help you answer two fundamental questions: What are we? How do we know? Crafting a story about astronomy, Seeds shows you how to ask questions to gradually puzzle out the beautiful secrets of the physical world and our place in it. This edition addresses the newest developments and latest discoveries in the exciting study of astronomy, including new data on Jupiter's ring system; new observations of the shapes of stars; new evidence of dark energy, quasars, and galaxy collisions; and a look inside supernova explosions. And for students looking for an interactive alternative to the print text, the FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY Online Version is the ideal solution. The Online Version gives you Web-based access to a digital version of Michael A. Seeds' best-selling astronomy textbook containing the complete text of STARS AND GALAXIES. If your instructor is using the Enhanced WebAssign online homework management system, the Online Version includes access to your homework assignments as well, allowing you to navigate quickly between your homework and the text. Visit www.webassign.net/seeds to learn more.

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For nonscience students taking just one semester of astronomy, this textbook is the ticket. Seeds (astronomy, Franklin and Marshall College) recycles the introductory chapters used in (covering planetary motion, the history of astronomy, light and telescopes, etc.), but adds chapters on stellar distances and evolution, the intersteller medium, variable stars (his speciality), galaxies with active nuclei, and cosmology. As in his other textbooks, there are many colorful diagrams, a student version of The Sky on CD-ROM, 2-page art spreads, and a concluding chapter titled "Life on Other Worlds." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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This book looks very much like another recent astronomy textbook by Seeds (Joseph R. Grundy Observatory), , except that this one has some glorious images of galaxies and clusters and quite detailed explanations of binary and variable stars, star formation and classification, solar activity, the lives of galaxies, black holes, and cosmology. Some instructors will make chapter 20, "Life on other worlds," extracurricular reading. The Sky on CD-ROM (student edition) is a nice feature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495388197
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Series: Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Seeds is the John W. Wetzel Professor of Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College as well as Director of the College's Joseph R. Grundy Observatory. His research interests include peculiar variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. He is the Principal Astronomer in charge of the Phoenix 10, the first fully robotic telescope, located in southern Arizona. In 1989, he received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for distinguished Teaching. In addition to teaching, writing, and research, Mike has created educational tools for use in computer-smart classrooms and continues to develop his upper-level courses in Archaeoastronomy and in the History of Astronomy. He has also published educational software for preliterate toddlers. Mike was Senior Consultant in the creation of the 26-episode telecourse UNIVERSE: THE INFINITE FRONTIER. He is the author of several introductory astronomy textbooks, including HORIZONS EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, 9th Edition (2006), published by Thomson Brooks/Cole.

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Table of Contents

Part I: EXPLORING THE SKY. 1. What Are We? How Do We Know? 2. The Sky. 3. Cycles of the Moon. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Gravity. 6. Light and Telescopes. Part II: THE STARS. 7. Atoms and Starlight. 8. The Sun. 9. The Family of Stars. 10. The Interstellar Medium. 11. The Formation of Stars. 12. Stellar Evolution. 13. The Deaths of Stars. 14. Neutron Stars and Black Holes. Part III: THE UNIVERSE. 15. The Milky Way Galaxy. 16. Galaxies. 17. Galaxies with Active Nuclei. 18. Cosmology in the 21st Century. Part V: LIFE. 26. Life on Other Worlds. Afterword. Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data. Appendix B: Observing the Sky. Glossary. Answers to Even-Numbered Problems. Index.

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