Designed for a one-term general education course in cosmology, Your Cosmic Context : An Introduction to Modern Cosmology provides a framework for exploring the nature and history of our universe.Equally well-suited for independent reading and study, the book is intended as a guide to the key insights of scientific cosmology, which also serves as one of the best available illustrations of the scientific method in action.
Dr. Todd Duncan is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Pacific University. Todd combines a research background in physics and astronomy with experience teaching science concepts to a wide range of audiences. He holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago and physics degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Illinois. Todd has taught interdisciplinary science courses ranging from elementary school to graduate level, and is currently on the physics faculty at Pacific University, president of the non-profit Science Integration Institute, and adjunct faculty in the Center for Science Education at Portland State University. Dr. Craig Tyler is on the physics faculty at Fort Lewis College. He holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago, and bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering and entrepreneurial management from the University of Pennsylvania. Craig's research and professional interests include dark matter, black holes, and recent advances in physics and astronomy education. Craig is the affiliate director at Fort Lewis for the NASA/Colorado Space Grant Consortium, and has received the college's New Faculty Teaching Award.
Chapter 1: Starting Points Chapter 2: The Sky We See Chapter 3: The Universe We Discover Through Heat and Light Chapter 4: The Universe We Discover Through Motion and Gravity Chapter 5: Clues About the Cosmos Chapter 6: The Fabric of Spacetime Chapter 7: An Expanding Universe Chapter 8: Photons and Electrons Chapter 9: The Nuclear Realm Chapter 10: The Big Bang Theory Chapter 11: History, Density, and Destiny Chapter 12: The Story of Structure Chapter 13: The Emergence of Complex Life Chapter 14: What Does It Mean to You?