This comprehensive textbook for the two-term course focuses students on not only the foundational concepts of astronomy but on the process of scientific discovery itself—how we know what we know about the cosmos. Engagingly written and filled helpful pedagogical tools, the book also excels at dispelling widely held misconceptions and helping students avoid common pitfalls as they explore the heavens.

Thoroughly updated, the new edition features the latest discoveries and new pedagogy, and is supported by an expanded media/supplements package centered on W. H. Freeman’s extraordinary new online course space, LaunchPad.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429281300
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 7/20/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan Higher Education
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 864
  • File size: 89 MB
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Table of Contents

I.  Introducing Astronomy
1 Astronomy and the Universe  
Guest Essay Why Astronomy? Sandra M. Faber    
2 Knowing the Heavens   
Guest Essay Why Astrology Is Not Science James Randi     
3 Eclipses and the Motion of the Moon     
Guest Essay Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy Mark Hollabaugh  
4 Gravitation and the Waltz of the Planets     
5 The Nature of Light   
6 Optics and Telescopes
II. Planets and Moons
7 Comparative Planetology I: Our Solar System    
8 Comparative Planetology II:
The Origin of Our Solar System  
Scientific American article Dangling a COROT Alexander Hellemans    
9 The Living Earth    
10 Our Barren Moon    
11 Mercury, Venus, and Mars: Earthlike yet Unique    
Scientific American article Father of Spirit and Opportunity David Appell  
12 Jupiter and Saturn: Lords of the Planets     
13 Jupiter and Saturn’s Satellites of Fire and Ice    
14 Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the Kuiper Belt: Remote Worlds  
15 Vagabonds of the Solar System  
Guest Essay Pluto and the Kuiper Belt Scott Sheppard    

III. Stars and Stellar Evolution
Our Star, the Sun    
17 The Nature of the Stars   
18 The Birth of Stars    
19 Stellar Evolution: On and After the Main Sequence    
20 Stellar Evolution: The Deaths of Stars     
21 Neutron Stars    
22 Black Holes
IV. Galaxies and Cosmology
Our Galaxy    
24 Galaxies     
25 Quasars and Active Galaxies  
26 Cosmology: The Origin and Evolution of the Universe    
Scientific American article Dark Forces at Work David Appell     
27 Exploring the Early Universe  
Scientific American article Making Sense of Modern Cosmology P. James E. Peebles  
28 The Search for Extraterrestrial Life    
Guest Essay A Biologist’s View of Astrobiology Kevin W. Plaxco    

Available in Volumes:
Universe: Solar System, includes Chapters 1-16 and 28
Universe: Stars and Galaxies includes Chapters 1-8 and 16-28
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