In Quest of the Universe

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2007 - Science - 648 pages
Thoroughly updated and revised, In Quest of the Universe, Fifth Edition, is the most comprehensive, one-semester introductory level astronomy text available. The authors' clear, concise writing style introduces non-science majors to the general methods of science. Students will discover how science progresses as they follow the development of early astronomical concepts through to the very latest refinement of our current models. A "planets first" approach engages them in an exploration of our own solar system, starting with a chapter on the "backyard" night sky, before introducing the latest information on the Pluto controversy and recent discoveries on Mars. The Fifth Edition's encompassing approach to astronomy and the scientific method makes this text essential for introductory astronomy courses.
 

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Contents

Leap Year and the Calendar 1
15
Powers of Ten
28
DoItYourself Phases
34
APTER CHAPTER
36
AristarchusHeliocentricModel
44
Astrology and ScienceScientific Criteria Applied
45
Comparing the Two Models
54
Keplers Contribution
62
The Mission to Eros
303
Hit by a Meteorite?
320
The Sun
328
Fission and Fusion Power on Earth
335
Measuring the Properties of Stars
362
Interstellar Matter and Star Formation
394
Holes in the Heavens?
400
The Deaths of Massive Stars
448

The Radius of Venus Orbit
68
APTER CHAPTER
70
Circular Motion 97
79
Travel to the Moon
84
The Special Theory of Relativity
93
Observing Venus
97
APTER CHAPTER
100
Measuring the Speed of Light
103
Evidence for the WaveParticle Duality of Light
116
APTER CHAPTER
130
APTER CHAPTER
160
The Far Side of the Moon
180
APTER CHAPTER
188
A Planetary Overview
189
The Voyager Spacecraft
190
The Discovery of the Asteroids
198
APTER CHAPTER
220
Our Changing View of Venus
230
Surface Conditions and the Case for Water on Mars
247
APTER CHAPTER
260
Shepherd MoonsInside the Roche Limit?Chaotic Motions
286
APTER CHAPTER
298
Nucleosynthesis
453
The Pulsar in SN1987A?
465
Black Holes in Science Science Fiction and Nonsense
474
CHAPTER
476
CONTENTS
479
16
482
A Barred Warped Spiral Galaxy
501
CHAPTER
508
A Diversity of Galaxies
510
Observations Assumptions and ConclusionsThe Precision
523
Galaxy Formation and Evolution
532
CHAPTER
548
The Nature of the Universe
550
Cosmological Redshift
556
The Early Universe
563
Dark Energy
578
Johannes Kepler 60
600
JanH Oort 19001992 312
636
114
637
JPLCaltech page xiii Courtesy of the STS82 CrewHSTNASA page xiv Courtesy of NASAJPLSpace Science
648
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