Horizons: Exploring the Universe

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Science - 528 pages
Fully updated to reflect the latest cutting-edge discoveries, the Twelfth Edition of Mike Seeds's and Dana Backman's best-selling HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE engages students by focusing on two central questions: How Do We Know? which emphasizes the role of evidence in the scientific process, providing insights into how science works; and What Are We? which highlights our place as planet dwellers in an evolving universe, guiding students to ask questions about where we came from and how we formed a perspective that the study of astronomy is uniquely positioned to emphasize. And because every course is as unique as its instructor--and its students--HORIZONS is supported by a range of teaching and learning solutions that allow you to craft the best course for your approach and course needs. Our innovative instructor resources include WebAssign online homework management and exclusive audience response technology. Students can select from several eBook options, student tutorial systems, or virtual laboratory experiments. HORIZONS provides the ideal foundation--our powerful technology tools are the building blocks that help you customize your course to fit your and your students' needs.
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Contents

A Note to the Student
Acknowledgments
Exploring the Sky
The Stars
The Universe of Galaxies
The Solar System
Life
Afterword
Units and Astronomical Data
Observing the Sky
Glossary
Answers to Even Problems
Index
Copyright

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Mike Seeds was a professor of physics and astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1970 until his retirement in 2001. In 1989 he received F&M College's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Mike's love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on archaeoastronomy and on the Copernican Revolution ("Changing Concepts of the Universe"). His research interests focused on variable stars and automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 12th edition (2012); Universe: SolarSystems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage. He was senior consultant for creation of the 20-episodetelecourse accompanying his book Horizons: Exploring the Universe.

Dana Backman taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1991 until 2003. He invented and taught a course titled "Life in the Universe" in F&M's interdisciplinaryFoundations program. Dana now teaches introductory Solar System astronomy at Santa Clara University and introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. His research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system's Kuiper belt. Dana is employed by the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, as director of education and public outreach for SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) at NASA'sAmes Research Center. Dana is coauthor with Mike Seeds of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 14th edition (2018); Universe: Solar Systems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage.

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