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The Cosmos

Astronomy in the New Millennium

Authors

Jay M. Pasachoff, Williams College, Massachusetts, Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley

Description

The fifth edition of The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium provides you with the fundamentals of astronomical knowledge that have been built up over decades, with an expanded discussion of the incredible advances that are now taking place in this fast-paced field, such as New Horizons' flyby of Pluto, exoplanets, 'dark matter', and the direct detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Written in a clear and easily understandable style, this textbook has been thoroughly…

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Key features

  • Discussions of recent discoveries - such as New Horizons' flyby of Pluto, exoplanets, 'dark matter', and the direct detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) - engage students by offering real-life context to the fundamental scientific background
  • Clearly written, this textbook is suitable for a one-semester course and assumes no specific background knowledge - math is boxed and easily read around
  • Includes many pedagogical features, such as chapter introductions and summaries, various kind of boxes ('Star party', 'Figure it out', 'Lives in science' and 'A closer look'), and highlighted keywords, as well as a glossary and appendices at the end of the book for additional coverage on planets, stars, constellations, and nonstellar objects

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