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The Cosmos
Astronomy in the New Millennium

4th Edition


  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107687561


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  • An exciting introduction to astronomy, the fourth edition of this book uses recent discoveries and stunning photography to inspire non-science majors about the universe and science. Written by two highly experienced and engaging instructors, each chapter has been fully updated, with more than 200 new images throughout, including recent images from space missions and the world's best observatories. Redesigned, streamlined pages highlight the breathtaking imagery. The text is organized as a series of stories, each presenting the history of the field, the observations made and how they fit within the process of science, our current understanding, and what future observations are planned. Math is provided in boxes and easily read around, making the book suitable for courses taking either mathematical or qualitative approaches. New discussion questions encourage students to think widely about astronomy and the role science plays in our everyday lives and podcasts for each chapter aid studying and comprehension.

    • Discussions of recent discoveries engage students by giving real-life context to the fundamental scientific background
    • Concise enough for one-semester courses, yet rich enough to be used in longer courses, the text assumes no specific background knowledge
    • New edition has been fully updated and redesigned to produce streamlined pages and highlight the stunning photography
    • Mathematics is boxed and easily read around, making the book suitable for courses taking mathematical approaches and those taking non-mathematical approaches
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘’An excellent introduction to the subject, both comprehensive and up-to-date. The authors convey a clear and enthusiastic pedagogic presentation of an exciting field. As a textbook, it will be of great benefit to students, providing a valuable starting point to learn about the subject. Its presentation and style will hold the reader’s attention, at the level appropriate for an introductory course. It is my preferred text of this type, as it stands out for its continued excellence over time.’’
    Dr. Roger Kadala, Hawaii Pacific University

    “…the work of two great astronomers and top teachers… clear and concise. This is the text I would use for my introductory astronomy course”
    Professor Arun Venkatachar, Ohio University

    “This is an extraordinarily attractive, captivating, and easy to follow textbook of modern astronomy. I will happily continue to use it in teaching my course.’’
    Professor Alex Wolszczan, Penn State University

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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107687561
    • length: 619 pages
    • dimensions: 280 x 240 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.94kg
    • contains: 409 b/w illus. 739 colour illus. 5 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    About the authors
    1. A grand tour of the heavens
    2. Light, matter and energy: powering the Universe
    3. Light and telescopes: extending our senses
    4. Observing the stars and planets: clockwork of the Universe
    5. Gravitation and motion: the early history of astronomy
    6. The terrestrial planets: Earth, Moon, and their relatives
    7. The Jovian planets: windswept giants
    8. Pluto, comets, and space debris
    9. Our Solar System and others
    10. Our star: the Sun
    11. Stars: distant suns
    12. How the stars shine: cosmic furnaces
    13. The death of stars: recycling
    14. Black holes: the end of space and time
    15. The Milky Way: our home in the Universe
    16. A Universe of galaxies
    17. Quasars and active galaxies
    18. Cosmology: the birth and life of the cosmos
    19. In the beginning
    20. Life in the Universe
    Selected readings

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