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21st Century Astronomy
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
Emphasizing the process of scientific thinking, this text for a first course in astronomy uses everyday examples to help students relate to concepts, and offers some discussion of human and social aspects of science. The text's conversational writing style is intended to convey a sense of wonder while assuming that even nonscience majors are capable of thinking about conceptually challenging material. The art program offers high-quality color photos, images, and explanatory diagrams on every page. Learning features include chapter concept summaries, and review, critical thinking, and applications questions, along with numerous boxes on Excursions and Connections. Reference appendices and a glossary are also included. The companion web site offers animations and interactive simulations, plus vocabulary flashcards, newsfeeds, and quizzes. This reorganized third edition integrates the latest discoveries. Difficult math concepts are now separated into boxes, and there are new visual analogy boxes. Hester is affiliated with Arizona State University. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With 21st Century Astronomy, students see the universe through the eyes of a scientist.
The remarkably realistic planetarium software allows students in urban areas to conduct observational activities. The workbook, written specifically to accompany both Starry Night and the textbook, connects text passages with software exercises.
The Second Edition of 21st Century Astronomyreaffirms its status as the most current and authoritative text for introductory courses.
Written by a team of specialists who are also experienced teachers, this accessible text fosters scientific literacy by relating core concepts in modern astronomy to the real-world process of science. Retaining the lively prose and narrative style of the previous edition, the text now offers improved pedagogy, an expanded art program, and dynamic new multimedia tools for students and instructors. The text is also now available in a comprehensive one-volume edition, a flexible ebook format, or two separate volumes, one focusing on the solar system and the other focusing on stars and galaxies.
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.
Bradford Smith, who studies solar system cosmogony and stellar astronomy, is affiliated with the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii.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.Laura Kay is Ann Whitney Olin professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College, where she has taught since 1991. She received a BS degree in physics from Stanford University, and MS and PhD degrees in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California– Santa Cruz. She studies active galactic nuclei, using ground-based and space telescopes. She teaches courses in astronomy, astrobiology, women and science, and polar exploration.
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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