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Horizons: Exploring the Universe
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With their best-selling astronomy textbook, HORIZONS, authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman help you understand your place in the universe--not just your location in space but your role in the unfolding history of the physical universe. To achieve this goal, they focuses on two central questions: "What Are We?" which highlights your place as a planet dweller in an evolving universe, guiding you to better understand where we came from and how we formed; and "How Do We Know?" which provides insights into how the process of science can teach us more about what we are.
Book News Annotation:
Seeds (physics and astronomy, Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania) and Backman (astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology; Stanford U.) update their introductory astronomy textbook for undergraduate students every two years or so to keep up with theory, experiment, observation, and expedition. It covers exploring the sky, the stars, the universe of galaxies, the solar system, and life. Among more specific topics are the origin of modern astronomy, the formation and structure of stars, the Milky Way galaxy, the earth and moon as bases for comparative planetology, and life on other worlds. The presentation is very colorful, and a plethora of supplemental teaching and learning aids are available. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This newly revised and updated Edition of HORIZONS shows readers their place in the universe, not just their location, but also their role as planet dwellers in an evolving universe. Fascinating and engaging, the book illustrates how science works, and how scientists depend on evidence to test hypotheses. Students will learn to focus on the scientific method through the strong central questioning themes of "What are we?" and "How do we know?"
About the Author
Michael A. Seeds has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall (F&M) College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 1970. In 1989, he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Seeds' love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe. His research interests focus on variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman and Michele Montgomery of HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Thirteenth Edition, and UNIVERSE HYBRID: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS AND GALAXIES, Eighth Edition, both published by Cengage Learning. He was Senior Consultant in the creation of the twenty-six-episode telecourse accompanying the book HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition. Dana Backman works for the SETI Institute of Mountain View, California, as director of outreach for the SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) mission at NASA's Ames Research Center. He also teaches introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. From 1991 to 2003, he taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he invented and taught a Life in the Universe course in the interdisciplinary Foundations program. Dr. Backman's research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system's Kuiper Belt. With Mike Seeds, he also coauthored HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Twelfth Edition (2012); UNIVERSE: SOLAR SYSTEMS, STARS, AND GALAXIES, Seventh Edition (2012); and FOUNDATIONS OF ASTRONOMY (2013), all published by Cengage Learning. Dr. Backman earned his bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate from the University of Hawai'i.
Table of Contents
PART I: EXPLORING THE SKY. 1. Here and Now. 2. User's Guide to the Sky. 3. Cycles of the Sun and Moon. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Light and Telescopes. PART II: THE STARS. 6. Atoms and Spectra. 7. The Sun. 8. The Family of Stars. 9. The Formation and Structure of Stars. 10. The Deaths of Stars. 11. Neutron Stars and Black Holes. PART III: THE UNIVERSE OF GALAXIES. 12. The Milky Way Galaxy. 13. A Universe of Galaxies. 14. Modern Cosmology. PART IV: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 15. The Origin of the Solar System. 16. Earth and Moon. 17. Mercury, Venus, Mars. 18. The Jovian Planets. 19. Meteorites, Asteroids, Comets and the Kuiper Belt. PART V: LIFE. 20. Life on Other Worlds.
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