The Essential Cosmic Perspective

Paperback | January 3, 2017

byJeffrey O. Bennett, Megan O. Donahue, Nicholas Schneider

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For one-semester courses in astronomy.

 

A practical introduction to Astronomy with an emphasis on critical thinking about our place in the universe

This 8th Edition of Essential Cosmic Perspective provides readers without science backgrounds with a streamlined, cutting-edge introduction to astronomy. Built on a strong tradition of effective pedagogy and coverage, the text focuses on skill-building and includes group work exercises that require active participation. Dedicated to bringing an understanding of the universe, its scientific basis and its relevance to our lives, each chapter is written to specific learning goals that build an ideal learning path for readers. Aiming to foster a lifelong learning experience, the authors focus on key concepts, providing big picture context, promoting conceptual understanding, and preferring plain language to jargon.

 

The 8th Edition incorporates the latest scientific updates in the field of astronomy and includes new features that reinforce critical thinking and excite readers’ curiosity. New features such as Extraordinary Claims engage readers by presenting extraordinary claims about the universe and how they were either supported or debunked as scientists collected more evidence, reinforcing the process of science and how scientists think critically to evaluate them. My Cosmic Perspective establishes a personal connection between readers and the cosmos as they learn to think critically about the meaning of what they learn in their astronomy studies and beyond. Designed and written for a one semester course, this text shares many of the strengths of its more comprehensive best-selling sibling, The Cosmic Perspective .

 

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For one-semester courses in astronomy.   A practical introduction to Astronomy with an emphasis on critical thinking about our place in the universe This 8th Edition of Essential Cosmic Perspective provides readers without science backgrounds with a streamlined, cutting-edge introduction to astronomy. Built on a strong tradition o...

Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. (1981) in biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (1987) in astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school, including more than 50 college classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and educ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 10.7 × 9.5 × 1 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Developing Perspective

1. A Modern View of the Universe

2. Discovering the Universe for Yourself

3. The Science of Astronomy

 

II. Key Concepts for Astronomy

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

5. Light: The Cosmic Messenger

 

III. Learning from Other Worlds

6. Formation of the Solar System

7. Earth and the Terrestrial Worlds

8. Jovian Planet Systems

9. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts

10. Other Planetary Systems: The New Science of Distant Worlds

 

IV. Stars

11. Our Star

12. Surveying the Stars

13. Star Stuff

14. The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard

 

V. Galaxies and Beyond

15. Our Galaxy

16. A Universe of Galaxies

17. The Birth of the Universe

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

 

VI. Life on Earth and Beyond

19. Life in the Universe