Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals, The, 3rd edition

  • Jeffrey O. Bennett
  • Megan O. Donahue
  • Nicholas Schneider
  • Mark Voit

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For one-semester courses in introductory astronomy.

This package includes Mastering Astronomy

A brief path through astronomy that helps students gain an appreciation for astronomy and discovery in science

The Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals is the briefest introduction to astronomy in the Bennett series and supports instructors using an active or collaborative approach to teaching. By focusing on the process of science and fundamental concepts of astronomy, The Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals allows time for the use of other instructional tools in the course. Each concisely written chapter is formatted into two main sections followed by a Process of Science section, making learning targeted and expectations clear for students.


The 3rd Edition of The Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals features major scientific updates, new content that focuses on the possibility of life in the universe, and recent discoveries that provide modern contexts to help students see the relevance of astronomy to their worlds. The authors write and create a wealth of Mastering Astronomy resources that include a new Pearson eText, Dynamic Study Modules, and Interactive PreLecture videos that students can use before, during, and after class, including pre-built assignments that instructors can edit to fit the way they teach.

Reach every student by pairing this text with Mastering Astronomy 

Mastering™ is the teaching and learning platform that empowers you to reach every student. By combining trusted author content with digital tools developed to engage students and emulate the office-hour experience, Mastering personalizes learning and improves results for each student. Resources in Mastering Astronomy are written and carefully reviewed by the author team, establishing the same coherent and trusted voice as the book.

Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; Mastering Astronomy does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with Mastering Astronomy, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

013499079X / 9780134990798 The Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals Plus Mastering Astronomy with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package

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  • 0134988507 / 9780134988504 The Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals
  • 0134989279 / 9780134989273 Mastering Astronomy with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for The Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals
  • 0321765184 / 9780321765185 SkyGazer 5.0 Student Access Code Card (Integrated component)

Table of contents

1. A Modern View of the Universe

2. Understanding the Sky

3. Changes in Our Perspective

4. Origin of the Solar System

5. Terrestrial Worlds

6. The Outer Solar System

7. Planets Around Other Stars

8. The Sun and Other Stars

9. Stellar Lives

10. The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard

11. Galaxies

12. Galaxy Distances and Hubble's Law

13. The Birth of the Universe

14. Dark Matter and Dark Energy

15. Life in the Universe

Published by Pearson (May 15th 2019) - Copyright © 2020