The Cosmic Perspective / Edition 3

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The enhanced pedagogy, streamlined presentation, and integrated media of The Cosmic Perspective, Third Edition makes it easier than ever for readers to successfully navigate their way through introductory astronomy. Renowned for its up-to-date and expert coverage, this student-friendly book focuses on central ideas and unifying themes to provide a cosmic context. New chapter openers and end-of-chapter summaries expertly steer readers through key concepts, helping them stay focused on core learning goals. The Third Edition features expanded coverage on seasons, the solar system, chronological history, and astrobiology. For college instructors, students, or anyone interested in introductory astronomy.
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A textbook for a one-term introductory course in astronomy for students who are not planning to major in mathematics or science, and also useful for anyone who is curious about the universe but not enough to wade through highly technical accounts. Based on their teaching both to college students and to the general public, scholars (U. of Colorado-Boulder and the Space Telescope Science Institute) decided it was time to rethink how to organize and teach the major concepts in astronomy in light of new discoveries. Color is used throughout, both for stunning photographs and for graphs and drawings. There is no bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805387384
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 7/18/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Our Place in the Universe.
2. Discovering the Universe for Yourself.
3. The Science of Astronomy.
S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation.


4. A Universe of Matter and Energy.
5. Universal Motion.
6. Light: The Cosmic Messenger.
7. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery.


8. Our Solar System: An Introduction and Overview.
9. Formation of the Solar System.
10. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds.
11. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds.
12. Jovian Planet Systems.
13. Remnants of Rock and Ice: Asteroids, Comets, and Pluto.
14. Planet Earth and Its Lessons on Life in the Universe.


S2. Space and Time.
S3. Spacetime and Gravity.
S4. Building Blocks of the Universe.


15. Our Star.
16. Stars.
17. Star Stuff.
18. The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard.


19. Our Galaxy.
20. Galaxies: From Here to the Horizon.
21. Galaxy Evolution.
22. Dark Matter and the Fate of the Universe.
23. The Beginning of Time.
24. Life in the Universe.
Appendix A: A Few Mathematical Skills.
Appendix B: The Periodic Table of the Elements.
Appendix C: Planetary Data.
Appendix D: Stellar Data.
Appendix E: Constants.
Appendix F: Key Equations.
Star Charts.

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