Astronomy for the Utterly Confused

Paperback | January 12, 2007

byDr. Terry Jones, Jeanne Hanson

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A fun, fascinating, accessible introduction to astronomy basics

In this latest installment in the bestselling Utterly Confused series, an astronomy professor and a popular science writer team up to fill you in on all the essentials of modern astronomy. From the solar system and the constellations to space-time, gravity, and quantum physics, you'll go on a fascinating journey through the cosmos, becoming acquainted with the most recent astronomical phenomena and concepts, and dozens of fun facts.

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A fun, fascinating, accessible introduction to astronomy basicsIn this latest installment in the bestselling Utterly Confused series, an astronomy professor and a popular science writer team up to fill you in on all the essentials of modern astronomy. From the solar system and the constellations to space-time, gravity, and quantum phys...

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Make sense of the stars-and everything else in the sky!You don't need to be an astrophysicist to enjoy the wonders of the cosmos. But it helps to learn some basics about the vast reaches of space-such as how gravity works, what black holes are, or why some stars become supernovas.If you've got questions about star systems, galaxies, qu...

Terry Jones, Ph.D., is an astronomy professor at the University of Minnesota. Ingrid Johnson is a science writer.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 7.2 × 0.9 inPublished:January 12, 2007Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071471588

ISBN - 13:9780071471589

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgment

Organization of the Text

Part I: Where Are We? The Basics

Chapter 1: The Universe in Time and Space

Chapter 2: The Earth's Place

Chapter 3: Our Vantage Point on Earth

Chapter 4: Key Concepts and Basic Laws

Part II: Solar Systems and How They Form

Chapter 5: The Solar Nebula and the Formation of Gas Planets

Chapter 6: The Solar Nebula and the Formation of the Rocky Planets and Moons

Chapter 7: The Smaller Bodies of Our Solar System

Chapter 8: The Sun's Role in Our Solar System

Part III: Astrophysics Basics

Chapter 9: Origins of the Puzzles of Space-time and Gravity

Chapter 10: Down to the Atomic and Subatomic Levels

Chapter 11: How These Are Studied

Part IV: Stars and Galaxies

Chapter 12: Star Formation, Star Development

Chapter 13: The Death of Stars

Chapter 14: Galaxy Formation and Development

Part V: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and on to the Future

Chapter 15: The Role of Dark Matter

Chapter 16: The Role of Dark Energy

Chapter 17: The Future of the Universe

Chapter 18: Frontiers in Astronomy

INDEX