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Astronomy Today, Global Edition (8th edition)

Astronomy Today, Global Edition (8th edition)

By: Steve McMillan (author), Eric J. Chaisson (author)Paperback

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With Astronomy Today, Eighth Edition, trusted authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan communicate their excitement about astronomy, delivering current and thorough science with insightful pedagogy. The text emphasizes critical thinking and visualization, and it focuses on the process of scientific discovery, teaching students "how we know what we know." Alternate VersionsAstronomy Today, Volume 1: The Solar System, Eighth Edition-Focuses primarily on planetary coverage for a 1-term course. Includes Chapters 1-16, 28. Astronomy Today, Volume 2: Stars and Galaxies, Eighth Edition-Focuses primarily on stars and stellar evolution for a 1-term course. Includes Chapters 1-5 and 16-28.

About Author

Eric Chaisson received his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Harvard, where he spent 10 years on the faculty; after holding various professorships at Johns Hopkins and Tufts, Eric is back at Harvard teaching and doing research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He has written 12 books and received a number of literary awards along the way. Steve McMillan received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard and is a professor of physics at Drexel University. He has published more than 100 articles and scientific papers.

Contents

I. ASTRONOMY AND THE UNIVERSE1. Charting the Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy2. The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science3. Radiation: Information from the Cosmos4. Spectroscopy: The Inner Workings of Atoms5. Telescopes: The Tools of AstronomyII. OUR PLANETARY SYSTEM6. The Solar System: Comparative Planetology and Formation Models7. Earth: Our Home in Space8. The Moon and Mercury: Scorched and Battered Worlds9. Venus: Earth's Sister Planet10. Mars: A Near Miss for Life?11. Jupiter: Giant of the Solar System12. Saturn: Spectacular Rings and Mysterious Moons13. Uranus and Neptune: The Outer Worlds of the Solar System14. Solar System Debris: Keys to Our Origin15. Exoplanets: Planetary Systems Beyond Our Own.III. STARS AND STELLAR EVOLUTION 16. The Sun: Our Parent Star17. The Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence18. The Interstellar Medium: Gas and Dust among the Stars19. Star Formation: A Traumatic Birth20. Stellar Evolution: The Life and Death of a Star21. Stellar Explosions: Novae, Supernovae, and the Formation of the Elements22. Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of MatterIV. GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY23. The Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space24. Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe25. Galaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos26. Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe27. The Early Universe: Toward the Beginning of Time 28. Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781292057736
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 828
  • ID: 9781292057736
  • weight: 1706
  • ISBN10: 1292057734
  • edition: 8th edition

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