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21st Century Astronomy, Second Editionby George Blumenthal
Synopses & Reviews
This extraordinarily readable, cohesive text presents twenty-first century astronomy as a dynamic story of theory building and theory testing, as a fascinating process of observation and discovery. The authors' primary goal is to build students' scientific literacy by emphasizing how science works and why it is relevant, rather than by cataloging a large mass of individual details. With a clear focus on core concepts and carefully crafted pedagogical aids, "21st Century Astronomy" chronicles scientists at work on the most important questions about the Universe, highlighting the excitement of making new discoveries and the puzzlement created by new lines of inquiry. <BR>""One of the most exciting things about astronomy is that sometimes you get up in the morning and discover that we know fundamental things about the Universe that we didn't know the day before. The recent release of the results from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite observatory are one of those historical moments.""--Jeff Hester
Book News Annotation:
In this volume, Hester (Arizona State U.) and his coauthors seek to make astronomy concepts accessible to undergraduates with varied experience with science and math. Twenty-one chapters on the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, and galaxies and cosmology, cover specific topics including: motions of earth, gravity and orbits, star measurements, the expanding universe, and the origin of structure, among others. Key concepts are emphasized in separate boxes throughout the book, and additional materials include summaries, review questions, abundant illustrations, and articles on events in the physical and theoretical exploration of space. Updates to this second edition include new results from the Mars Express orbiter, the Spirit rover, and the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe on cosmic background radiation. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Second Edition of 21st Century Astronomy reaffirms its status as the most current and authoritative text for introductory courses.
With 21st Century Astronomy, students see the universe through the eyes of a scientist.
21st Century Astronomy"s distinctive writing style, superior art, and supporting media package all work together to teach students how science works, help students visualize basic concepts and physical processes, and keep students focused on the 'big picture.'
For the Third Edition, the entire text has been reread from a student"s perspective and rewritten to eliminate jargon and ensure that the book"s hallmark tone resounds throughout every chapter. New Visual Analogy icons help students connect the textual analogies used to describe physical processes with the figures that illustrate them, and new AstroTour animations and simulations developed at the University of Nebraska provide students with opportunities for interactive learning.
About the Author
Jeff Hester is professor of physics and astronomy at Arizona State University. He studies the interstellar medium in the Milky Way and external galaxies, the structure of the diffuse ISM, and supernova remnants.
David Burstein is professor of physics and astronomy at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the structure and evolution of galaxies, stellar evolution, and cosmology.George Blumenthal is professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He studies a wide range of topics including cosmology, dark matter, and the origin of structure in the Universe.Ronald Greeley is professor of geological sciences at Arizona State University. His current research is focused on gaining an understanding of planetary surface processes and geological histories.Bradford Smith, who studies solar system cosmogony and stellar astronomy, is affiliated with the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii.Howard Voss is professor of physics emeritus at Arizona State University and has been active in the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Institute of Physics.
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