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Horizons: Exploring the Universeby Michael A Seeds
Synopses & Reviews
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.
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
Mike Seeds is Professor, Emeritus of Astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College, where he has taught since 1970. His research interests have focused on peculiar variable stars and the automation of astronomical telescopes. He extended his research by serving as the principal astronomer in charge of the Phoenix 10, the first fully robotic telescope, located in southern Arizona. In 1989, he received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. In addition to teaching, writing, and doing research, Mike has published educational systems for use in computer-smart classrooms. His interest in the history of astronomy led him to offer the upper-level courses Archaeoastronomy and Changing Concepts of the Universe, which is a history of cosmology from ancient times to Newton. He also has published educational software for preliterate toddlers. Mike was Senior Consultant in the creation of the 26-episode telecourse UNIVERSE: THE INFINITE FRONTIER. He is the author of several introductory astronomy textbooks, including HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, 10e (2008) and PERSPECTIVES OF ASTRONOMY (2008).
Table of Contents
Part I: THE SKY. 1. Here and Now. 2. The Sky. 3. Cycles of the Sky. 4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy. 5. Light and Telescopes. Part II: THE STARS. 6. Starlight and Atoms. 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. Galaxies. 14. Active Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes. 15. Modern Cosmology. Part IV: THE SOLAR SYSTEM. 16. The Origin of the Solar System. 17. The Terrestrial Planets. 18. The Jovian Planets, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. 19. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets. Part V: LIFE. 20. Life on Other Worlds. Afterword. Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data. Appendix B: Observing the Sky. Glossary. Answers to Even-Numbered Problems. Index.
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