Discovering the Universe, 8th edition

Discovering the Universe, 8th edition
  • eBook:
    Discovering the Universe, 8th edition
  • Author:
    William J. Kaufmann, Neil F. Comins
  • Edition:
    8th edition
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  • Data:
    January 11, 2008
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  • Pages:
    544 pages
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Book Description
Discovering the Universe is the bestselling brief text for descriptive one-term astronomy courses (especially those with no mathematics prerequisites). Carried along by the book's vibrant main theme, "the process of scientific discovery," the Eighth Edition furthers the book’s legacy for presenting concepts clearly and accurately while providing all the pedagogical tools to make the learning process memorable.


PART I - Understanding Astronomy
1. Discovering the Night Sky
2. Gravitation and the Motion of the Planets
3. Light and Telescopes
4. Atomic Physics and Spectra

PART II - Understanding the Solar System
5. Formation of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems
6. Earth and Moon
7. The Other Terrestrial Planets 181
8. The Outer Planets 215
9. Vagabonds of the Solar System 253
10. The Sun: Our Extraordinary Ordinary Star 287

PART III - Understanding the Stars
11. Characterizing Stars 316
12. The Lives of Stars from Birth Through Middle Age
13. The Deaths of Stars
14. Black Holes: Matters of Gravity 409

PART IV - Understanding the Universe
15. The Milky Way Galaxy
16. Galaxies
17. Quasars and Other Active Galaxies
18. Cosmology
19. Astrobiology

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