Stars and Galaxies / Edition 8

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Overview

Adapted from the newly revised FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, Sixth Edition, STARS AND GALAXIES, Second Edition contains the introductory and historical chapters from FOUNDATIONS, as well as all of the chapters on stars, galaxies, cosmology, and the chapter on extraterrestrial life. 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. In a clear and conversational writing style, Seeds shows students 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, 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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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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)
From The Critics
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111990664
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 267,024
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael A. Seeds has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall (F&M) College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1970. In 1989, he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Seeds' love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe. His research interests focus on variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman and Michele Montgomery of HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Thirteenth Edition, and UNIVERSE HYBRID: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS AND GALAXIES, Eighth Edition, both published by Cengage Learning. He was Senior Consultant in the creation of the twenty-six-episode telecourse accompanying the book HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition.

Dana Backman works for the SETI Institute of Mountain View, California, as director of outreach for the SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) mission at NASA's Ames Research Center. He also teaches introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. From 1991 to 2003, he taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he invented and taught a Life in the Universe course in the interdisciplinary Foundations program. Dr. Backman's research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system's Kuiper Belt. With Mike Seeds, he also coauthored HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition (2012); UNIVERSE: SOLAR SYSTEMS, STARS, AND GALAXIES, Seventh Edition (2012); and FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY (2013), all published by Cengage Learning. Dr. Backman earned his bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate from the University of Hawai'i.

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Table of Contents

1. 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 Sun—Our Star. 9. The Family of Stars. 10. Binary Stars. 11. The Interstellar Medium. 12. The Formation of Stars. 13. Stellar Evolution. 14. The Deaths of Stars. 15. Neutron Stars and Black Holes. 16. The Milky Way Galaxy. 17. Galaxies. 18. Galaxies with Active Nuclei. 19. Cosmology. 20. Life on Other Worlds.
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