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Astronomy: The Evolving Universe
Synopses & Reviews
This book explores the entire realm of astrophysical research including historical perspectives, planets, the solar system, formation of galaxies, interstellar medium, spectra and electromagnetic radiation. It includes the lastest astronomical research, and more on night sky naked eye observing
Book News Annotation:
A slick introductory textbook that vaguely resembles a really thick Discover magazine. Zeilik (astronomy, U. of New Mexico), the former director of UNM's Capilla Peak Observatory, presents each topic in a patient, engaging manner, and even includes some material from his research on astronomy in the historic and prehistoric Pueblo world. A diffraction grating card for investigating spectra of common night lights and bright astronomical objects is also provided.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
CHANGING CONCEPTS OF THE COSMOS.
From Chaos to Cosmos.
The Birth of Cosmological Models.
The New Cosmic Order.
The Clockwork Universe.
The Birth of Astrophysics.
Telescopes and Our Insight to the Cosmos.
Einstein and the Evolving Universe.
THE PLANETS: PAST AND PRESENT.
The Earth: An Evolving Planet.
The Moon and Mercury: Dead Worlds.
Venus and Mars: Evolved Worlds.
The Jovian Planets: Primitive Worlds.
The Origin and Evolution of the Solar System.
THE UNIVERSE OF STARS.
Our Sun: Local Star.
The Stars as Suns.
Starbirth and Interstellar Matter.
GALAXIES AND COSMIC EVOLUTION.
The Evolution of the Galaxy.
The Universe of Galaxies.
Bios and Cosmos.
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