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Cosmic Perspective, The, 9th edition

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

Published by Pearson (February 4th 2019) - Copyright © 2020

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Overview

For two-semester courses in astronomy.

 

Exploring the impact of new discoveries on astronomy, science, and life in the universe

Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective, 9th Edition provides a thoroughly engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for anyone who is curious about the universe, regardless of prior background in astronomy or physics. As respected teachers and active researchers, the authors present astronomy using a coherent narrative and a thematic approach that engages students immediately and guides them through connecting ideas. This engagement-centered approach and variety of contextualizing features enhance student understanding of the process of science and actively involve them in learning key concepts.

 

The 9th Edition 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 astronomy as highly relevant to their worlds now. The authors integrate a new focus on cultural diversity among scientists and ethics across science and astronomy, delving into science done by a wide range of people and evaluated in different ways. The authors write and create a wealth of Mastering Astronomy resources, carrying the coherent and cohesive approach of the book to the new and expanded digital tools, such as Prelecture Videos. Instructors can access this curated group of activities in Mastering Astronomy for use before, during, and after class and can easily edit the pre-built assignments to fit the way they teach.

 

This text is also available in two volumes, which can be purchased separately:

  • The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System, 9th Edition (includes Chapters 1–13, 14, S1, 24)
  • The Cosmic Perspective: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology, 9th Edition (includes Chapters 1-3, S1, 4–6, S2–S4, 14–24)

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Table of contents

PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE

1. A Modern View of the Universe

2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself

3. The Science of Astronomy

S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation

 

PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY

4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity

5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos

6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery

 

PART III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS

7. Our Planetary System

8. Formation of the Solar System

9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds

10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds

11. Jovian Planet Systems

12. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts

13. Other Planetary Systems: the New Science of Distant Worlds

 

PART IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE

S2. Space and Time

S3. Spacetime and Gravity

S4. Building Blocks of the Universe

 

PART V. STARS

14. Our Star

15. Surveying the Stars

16. Star Birth

17. Star Stuff

18. The Bizarre. Stellar Graveyard

 

PART VI. GALAXIES AND BEYOND

19. Our Galaxy

20. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology

21. Galaxy Evolution

22. The Birth of the Universe

23. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe

 

PART VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND

24. Life In the Universe

 

Appendixes

Glossary

Credits

Index

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