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Discovering the universe /
Neil F. Comins, William J. Kaufmann, III.
edition
8th ed.
imprint
New York : W.H. Freeman, c2008.
description
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. (chiefly ill.) ; 28 cm.
ISBN
1429205199, 9781429205191
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New York : W.H. Freeman, c2008.
isbn
1429205199
9781429205191
contents note
Part 1. Understanding astronomy. Discovering the night sky. Gravitation and the motion of the planets. Light and telescopes. Atomic physics and spectra -- Part 2. Understanding the solar system. Formation of the solar system and other planetary systems. Earth and moon. The other terrestrial planets. The outer planets. Vagabonds of the solar system. The sun: Our extradordinary ordinary star -- Part 3. Understanding the stars. Characterizing the stars. The lives of stars from birth through middle age. The death of stars. Black holes: Matters of gravity -- Part 4. Understanding the universe. The Milkly Way Galaxy. Galaxies. Quasars and other active galaxies. Cosmology. Astrobiology.
catalogue key
6405747
 
Includes index.
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Summaries
Main Description
Discovering the Universe is the bestselling brief text for descriptive one-term astronomy courses (especially those with no mathematics prerequisites). Carried along by the book's vibrant main theme, "the process of scientific discovery," the Eighth Edition furthers the book's legacy for presenting concepts clearly and accurately while providing all the pedagogical tools to make the learning process memorable.
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Main Description
Discovering the Universeis the bestselling brief text for descriptive one-term astronomy courses (especially those with no mathematics prerequisites). Carried along by the book's vibrant main theme, "the process of scientific discovery," the Eighth Edition furthers the book's legacy for presenting concepts clearly and accurately while providing all the pedagogical tools to make the learning process memorable.
Table of Contents
Preface
Part I Understanding Astronomy
Discovering the Night Sky
What If . . . Earth’s Axis Lay on the Ecliptic?
Gravitation and the Motion of the Planets
Light and Telescopes
What If . . . Humans Had Infrared-Sensitive Eyes?
Atomic Physics and Spectra
Part II Understanding the Solar System
Formation of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems
Earth and Moon
What If . . . The Moon Didn’t Exist?
The Other Terrestrial Planets
The Outer Planets
What If . . . We Lived on a Metal-Poor Earth?
Vagabonds of the Solar System
The Sun: Our Extraordinary Ordinary Star
Understanding the Stars
Characterizing Stars
The Lives of Stars from Birth Through Middle Age
What If . . .The Earth Orbited a 1.5 M Sun?
The Deaths of Stars
What If . . . A Supernova Exploded Near Earth?
Black Holes: Matters of Gravity
Understanding the Universe
The Milky Way Galaxy
Galaxies
What If . . . The Solar System Were Located Closer to the Center of the Galaxy?
Quasars and Other Active Galaxies
Cosmology
Astrobiology
Appendices
Glossary
Answers to Margin Questions and Computational Questions
Index
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