The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium / Edition 2

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Pasachoff/Filippenko represent a team that brings together experience in writing, research, and teaching. This book provides a brief, interesting, up-to-date, and beautifully illustrated overview of astronomy. Pasachoff/Filippenko are each very experienced in teaching introductory astronomy and bring that experience to bear in this text.
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‘’An excellent introduction to the subject, both comprehensive and up-to-date. The authors convey a clear and enthusiastic pedagogic presentation of an exciting field. As a textbook, it will be of great benefit to students, providing a valuable starting point to learn about the subject. Its presentation and style will hold the reader’s attention, at the level appropriate for an introductory course. It is my preferred text of this type, as it stands out for its continued excellence over time.’’
Dr. Roger Kadala, Hawaii Pacific University

“…the work of two great astronomers and top teachers… clear and concise. This is the text I would use for my introductory astronomy course”
Professor Arun Venkatachar, Ohio University

“This is an extraordinarily attractive, captivating, and easy to follow textbook of modern astronomy. I will happily continue to use it in teaching my course.’’
Professor Alex Wolszczan, Penn State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534395490
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Pasachoff is Professor of Astronomy at Williams College.

Alex Filippenko is Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Focus Essay A Sense of Time: Past as Present
1 The Universe: An Overview 3
Focus Essay A Sense of Scale: Measuring Distance 12
2 Observing the Stars and Beyond: Clockwork of the Universe 17
3 Gravity and Motion: Why Things Move 37
4 Light and Telescopes: Extending Our Senses 57
Interview Jeff Hoffman 82
5 Light, Matter, and Energy: Powering the Universe 87
6 Exploring the Solar System: Voyages to Our Neighbors 97
7 The Terrestrial Planets: Earth and Its Relatives 113
8 The Jovian Planets: Windswept Gas Giants 139
Interview Carolyn Porco 160
9 The Minor Worlds: Potpourri of Rock and Ice 165
10 Comets, Meteoroids, and Asteroids: Ancient Space Debris 191
Focus Essay A Sense of Mass: Weighing Stars 206
11 Observing the Stars: Colors, Types, Groupings 209
Interview Ben Peery 220
12 Measuring the Stars: How Far and How Bright? 229
13 Our Star: The Sun 239
Focus Essay A Sense of Power: Energy and Stars 254
14 How Stars Shine: Cosmic Furnaces 257
Interview William Fowler 270
15 The Death of Stars: Stellar Recycling 275
16 Stellar Black Holes: The End of Space and Time 295
Focus Essay A Sense of Space: Fixing Our Place in a Vast Universe 304
17 The Milky Way: Our Home in the Universe 309
18 Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe 331
Interview Sandra Faber 348
19 Quasars: Giant Black Holes 353
20 Cosmology: How We Began/Where We Are Going 365
Epilogue Life in the Universe: How Can We Search? 383
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