Discovering the Essential Universe

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 2008 - Science - 438 pages

Freeman’s briefest, least expensive introductory astronomy text.

Discovering the Essential Universe, Fourth Edition (DEU 4e) is designed to help students overcome common misconceptions about astronomy. It provides up-to-date explanations of core concepts in a flexible and student-friendly text, supported by an impressive collection of multimedia resources developed by astronomy education researchers.

 

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Contents

Scales of the Universe
2
Earthly Cycles
8
H the Planets
18
Key to Comprehending the Cosmos
28
Keplers and Newtons Laws
35
The Solar System Contains Heavy Elements
43
Comparative Planetology
50
Light and Telescopes
61
MainSequence and Giant Stars
291
Variable Stars
297
p The Deaths of Stars
309
109
312
The Galaxies
343
Defining the Milky Way
352
Mysteries at the Galactic Fringes
363
Clusters and Superclusters
374

Optics and Telescopes
68
Nonoptical Astronomy
83
Blackbody Radiation
91
Stars atop
106
A Dynamic Vital World
132
Acid by Sarah Simpson
200
Meteoroids Meteors and Meteorites
224
Our Extraordinary
235
The Suns Interior
243
Magnitude Scales
259
Types of Stars
265
Red Star
278
Protostars and PreMainSequence Stars
279
Superclusters in Motion
383
Other Active Galaxies
390
Cosmology
403
The Fate of the Universe
419
Astrobiology
427
Why
439
120
3
A11
11
A19
19
A25
25
A31
31
Answers to Computational Questions
58
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NEIL F. COMINS is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maine, Orono, USA.

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