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Building on a long tradition of strong pedagogy and comprehensive presentation, The Cosmic Perspective, Fifth Edition includes an enhanced art program. This student-friendly book is now even more accessible through robust visual pedagogy via new Cosmic Context two-page figures, which walk readers through key processes and summarize the major points of each Part, and via updated zoom-in figures which provide students with a sense of orientation, scale, and relation between images. Renowned for its up-to-date, expert coverage and strong pedagogical support for student learning, the Fifth Edition retains and builds on all the features and supplements from previous editions that have helped to make it the #1 most adopted astronomy book.

Our Place in the Universe, Discovering the Universe for Yourself,  The Science of Astronomy,

Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity, Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos, Telescopes: Portals of Discovery, Our Solar System, Formation of the Solar System, Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds, Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds, Jovian Planet Systems, Remnants of Rock and Ice:Other Planetary Systems, Our Star, Surveying the Stars, Star Birth, Star Stuff, The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard, Our Galaxy, A Universe of Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe,  The Beginning of Time, Life in the Universe.

For all readers interested in learning the basics of Astronomy.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321505675
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 12/19/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents


1 Our Place in the Universe

1.1 Our Modern View of the Universe

1.2 The Scale of the Universe

1.3 Spaceship Earth

1.4 The Human Adventure of Astronomy

2 Discovering the Universe for Yourself

2.1 Patterns in the Night Sky

2.2 The Reason for Seasons

2.3 The Moon, Our Constant Companion

2.4 The Ancient Mystery of the Planets

3 The Science of Astronomy

3.1 The Ancient Roots of Science

3.2 Ancient Greek Science

3.3 The Copernican Revolution

3.4 The Nature of Science

3.5 Astrology

S1 Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation

S1.1 Astronomical Time Periods

S1.2 Celestial Coordinates and Motion in the Sky

S1.3 Principles of Celestial Navigation


4 Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity

4.1 Describing Motion: Examples from Daily Life

4.2 Newton’s Laws of Motion

4.3 Conservation Laws in Astronomy

4.4 The Universal Law of Gravitation

4.5 Orbits, Tides, and the Acceleration of Gravity

5 Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos

5.1 Light in Everyday Life

5.2 Properties of Light

5.3 Properties of Matter

5.4 Learning from Light

5.5 The Doppler Shift

6 Telescopes: Portals of Discovery

6.1 Eyes and Cameras: Everyday Light Sensors

6.2 Telescopes: Giant Eyes

6.3 Telescopes and the Atmosphere

6.4 Telescopes and Technology


7 Our Solar System

7.1 Studying the Solar System

7.2 Patterns in the Solar System

7.3 Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System

8 Formation of the Solar System

8.1 TheSearch for Origins

8.2 The Birth of the Solar System

8.3 The Formation of Planets

8.4 The Aftermath of Planet Formation

8.5 The Age of the Solar System

9 Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds

9.1 Connecting Planetary Interiors and Surfaces

9.2 Shaping Planetary Surfaces

9.3 Geology of the Moon and Mercury

9.4 Geology of Mars

9.5 Geology of Venus

9.6 The Unique Geology of Earth

10 Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds

10.1 Atmospheric Basics

10.2 Weather and Climate

10.3 Atmospheres of the Moon and Mercury

10.4 The Atmospheric History of Mars

10.5 The Atmospheric History of Venus

10.6 Earth’s Unique Atmosphere

11 Jovian Planet Systems

11.1 A Different Kind of Planet

11.2 A Wealth of Worlds: Satellites of Ice and Rock

11.3 Jovian Planet Rings

12 Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts

12.1 Asteroids and Meteorites

12.2 Comets

12.3 Pluto: Lone Dog No More

12.4 Cosmic Collisions: Small Bodies Versus the Planets

13 Other Planetary Systems: The New Science of Distant Worlds

13.1 Detecting  Extrasolar Planets

13.2 The Nature of Extrasolar Planets

13.3 The Formation of Other Solar Systems

13.4 Finding More New Worlds


S2 Space and Time

S2.1 Einstein’s Revolution

S2.2 Relative Motion

S2.3 The Reality of Space and Time

S2.4 Toward a New Common Sense

S3 Spacetime and Gravity

S3.1 Einstein’s Second Revolution

S3.2 Understanding Spacetime

S3.3 A New View of Gravity

S3.4 Testing Special Relativity

S3.5 Hyperspace, Wormholes, and Warp Drive

S3.6 The Last Word

S4 Building Blocks of the Universe

S4.1 The Quantum Revolution

S4.2 Fundamental Particles and Forces

S4.3 Uncertainty and Exclusion in the Quantum Realm

S4.4 Key Quantum Effects in Astronomy


14 Our Star

14.1 A Closer Look at the Sun

14.2 The Cosmic Crucible

14.3 The Sun-Earth Connection

15 Surveying the Stars

15.1 Properties of Stars

15.2 Patterns Among Stars

15.3 Star Clusters

16 Star Birth

16.1 Stellar Nurseries

16.2 Stages of Star Birth

16.3 Masses of Newborn Stars

17 Star Stuff

17.1 Lives in the Balance

17.2 Life as a Low-Mass Star

17.3 Life as a High-Mass Star

17.4 The Roles of Mass and Mass Exchange

18 The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard

18.1 White Dwarfs

18.2 Neutron Stars

18.3 Black Holes: Gravity’s Ultimate Victory

18.4 The Mystery of Gamma-Ray Bursts


19 Our Galaxy

19.1 The Milky Way Revealed

19.2 Galactic Recycling

19.3 History of the Milky Way

19.4 The Mysterious Galactic Center

20 Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology

20.1 Islands of Stars

20.2 Measuring Galactic Distances

20.3 Hubble's Law

21 Galaxy Evolution

21.1 Looking Back Through Time

21.2 The Lives of Galaxies

21.3 Quasars and Other Active Galactic Nuclei

22 Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe

22.1 Unseen Influences in the Cosmos

22.2 Evidence for Dark Matter

22.3 Structure Formation

22.4 The Fate of the Universe

23 The Beginning of Time

23.1 The Big Bang

23.2 Evidence for the Big Bang

23.3 The Big Bang and Inflation

23.4 Observing the Big Bang for Yourself


24 Life in the Universe

24.1 Life on Earth

24.2 Life in the Solar System

24.3 Life Around other Stars

24.4 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

24.5 Interstellar Travel and Its Implications to Civilization

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