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Perspectives on Astronomy, Media Edition (with Thomsonnow, Virtual Astronomy Labs Printed Access Card)by Michael Seeds
Synopses & Reviews
Authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman personalize the history of the universe by placing you at the center of the latest chapter in a grand and amazing story. You will learn how we are the latest link in the "great chain of origins." And, by emphasizing the role of the scientific process, Seeds and Backman will help you also understand how analyzing scientific evidence not only answers the question "How do we know?," but provide deeper insights into our place in the universe as well. Each new copy of the text comes with access to CengageNOW, an online personalized learning system designed to save you time in studying and to help you prepare for exams through a series of diagnostic tests and personalized study plans.
Book News Annotation:
In this well-illustrated guide to the universe, Seeds and Backman (professors of physics and astronomy, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania) share their enthusiasm for what the cosmos means for earthlings and the latest information, including the downsizing of Pluto. The text includes a "Windows on Science" feature on how science works, review and discussion questions, color art representing key concepts, technical appendices, a glossary of terms, star charts of the Northern Hemisphere sky, and access to online resources. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Mike Seeds is the John W. Wetzel Professor of Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College as well as Director of the College's Joseph R. Grundy Observatory. His research interests include peculiar variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. He is 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 research, Mike has created educational tools for use in computer-smart classrooms and continues to develop his upper-level courses in Archaeoastronomy and in the History of Astronomy. He has also 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, 9th edition (2006), and FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY, 9th edition (2007) both published by Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Table of Contents
1. The Scale of the Cosmos-From Solar System to Galaxy to Universe. 2. User's Guide to the Sky-Patterns and Cycles. 3. Circles Around Earth Become Orbits around the Sun. 4. Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments: Extending Humanity's Vision. 5. Sun Light and Sun Atoms. 6. The Family of Stars. 7. The Structure and Formation of Stars. 8. The Deaths of Stars. 9. The Milky Way Galaxy. 10. Galaxies. 11. Cosmology in the 21st Century. 12. The Origin of the Solar System. 13. Comparative Planetology of the Terrestrial Planets. 14. Comparative Planetology of the Outer Planets. 15. Life on Other Worlds.
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