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Publisher Comments:

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 books 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

1.Discovering the Night Sky

What If . . . Earths Axis Lay on the Ecliptic?

2. Gravitation and the Motion of the Planets

3. Light and Telescopes

What If . . . Humans Had Infrared-Sensitive Eyes?

4. Atomic Physics and Spectra

 
Part II Understanding the Solar System

5. Formation of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems

6. Earth and Moon

What If . . . The Moon Didnt Exist?

7. The Other Terrestrial Planets

8. The Outer Planets

What If . . . We Lived on a Metal-Poor Earth?

9. Vagabonds of the Solar System

10. The Sun: Our Extraordinary Ordinary Star

Part III Understanding the Stars

11. Characterizing Stars

12. The Lives of Stars from Birth Through Middle Age

What If . . .The Earth Orbited a 1.5 M Sun?

13. The Deaths of Stars

What If . . . A Supernova Exploded Near Earth?

14. Black Holes: Matters of Gravity

Part IV  Understanding the Universe

15. The Milky Way Galaxy

16. Galaxies

What If . . . The Solar System Were Located Closer to the Center of the Galaxy?

17. Quasars and Other Active Galaxies

18. Cosmology

19. Astrobiology

 
Appendices

Glossary

Answers to Margin Questions and Computational Questions

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781429205191
Author:
Comins, Neil F
Publisher:
W. H. Freeman
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Author:
Kaufmann, William J.
Author:
Comins, Neil F.
Author:
Kaufmann, William J., III
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Eighth Edition
Publication Date:
20080111
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
10.88 x 9.00 in

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