Foundations of Astronomy / Edition 5

Foundations of Astronomy / Edition 5

by Michael A. Seeds
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Foundations of Astronomy / Edition 5

With this newly revised tenth edition of FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, author Mike Seeds' goal is to help you use astronomy to understand science--and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text will help you answer two fundamental questions: What are we? How do we know? This edition addresses the newest developments and latest discoveries in the exciting study of astronomy, including new data on Jupiter's ring system; new observations of the shapes of stars; new evidence of dark energy, quasars, and galaxy collisions; and a look inside supernova explosions. And for students looking for an interactive alternative to the print text, the FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY Online Version is the ideal solution. The Online Version gives you Web-based access to a digital version of Michael A. Seeds' best-selling astronomy textbook. If your instructor is using the Enhanced WebAssign® online homework management system, the Online Version includes access to your homework assignments as well, allowing you to quickly navigate between your homework and the text. Visit to learn more.

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ISBN-13: 9780534375751
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 07/28/1999
Series: Astronomy Series
Edition description: Older Edition

About the Author

Mike Seeds is Professor of Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College, where he has taught since 1970. His research interests have focused on peculiar variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. He extended his research by serving as the principal astronomer in charge of the Phoenix 10, the first fully robotic telescope, located in southern Arizona. In 1989, he received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. In addition to teaching, writing, and doing research, Mike has published educational systems for use in computer-smart classrooms. His interest in the history of astronomy led him to offer the upper-level courses Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe, which is a history of cosmology from ancient times to Newton. He also has published educational software for preliterate toddlers. Mike was Senior Consultant in the creation of the 26-episode telecourse UNIVERSE: THE INFINITE FRONTIER. He is the author of several introductory astronomy textbooks, including HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, 10e (2008) and PERSPECTIVES OF ASTRONOMY (2008).

Table of Contents

PART 1: EXPLORING THE SKY. 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. PART 2: THE STARS. 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. PART 3: THE UNIVERSE. 16. The Milky Way Galaxy. 17. Galaxies. 18. Galaxies with Active Nuclei. 19. Cosmology. PART 4: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 20. The Origin of the Solar System. 21. Planet Earth. 22. The Moon and Mercury: Airless Worlds. 23. Venus and Mars. 24. Jupiter and Saturn. 25. Uranus, Neptune, And Pluto. PART 5: LIFE. 27. Life on Other Worlds. Afterword. Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data. Appendix B: Observing the Sky. Glossary. Answers to Even-Numbered Problems. Index.

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