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Astronomy - A Beginner s Guide to the Universe (8th Ed)

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Astronomy - A Beginner's Guide to the Universe (8th Ed)
by Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan
Pearson | January 2017 | ISBN-10: 0134087704 | 596 Pages | PDF | 54.8 mb


With the Eighth Editionof Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide, trusted authors Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan bring a renewed freshness and analysis to recent changes in our understanding of the cosmos. As with the other two books in their Astronomy suite (one for two-semester courses and the other, a brief visual book), the authors continue to emphasize three major themes: the process of science, the size and scale of the universe, and the evolution of the cosmos. This new edition ignites reader interest with new discoveries from the latest space missions and a new focus on reader-oriented engagement.

About the Authors
Eric Chaisson holds a doctorate in astrophysics from Harvard University, where he spent 10 years on the faculty of Arts and Sciences. For more than two decades thereafter, he served on the senior science staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute and held various professorships at Johns Hopkins and Tufts universities. He is now back at Harvard, where he teaches and conducts research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Steve McMillan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics from Cambridge University and a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, where he continued his research in theoretical astrophysics, star clusters, and high-performance computing. Steve is currently Distinguished Professor of Physics at Drexel University and a frequent visiting researcher at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study and Leiden University.

Part 1 Foundations
0 Charting the Heavens: The Foundations of Astronomy 4
1 The Copernican Revolution: The Birth of Modern Science 26
2 Light and Matter: The Inner Workings of the Cosmos 44
3 Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomy 70
Part 2 Our Planetary System
4 T he Solar System: Interplanetary Matter and the Birth of the Planets 102
5 Earth and Its Moon: Our Cosmic Backyard 138
6 The Terrestrial Planets: A Study in Contrasts 168
7 T he Jovian Planets: Giants of The Solar System 200
8 Moons, Rings, and Plutoids: Small Worlds Among Giants 224
Part 3 The Stars
9 The Sun: Our Parent Star 252
10 Measuring the Stars: Giants, Dwarfs, and the Main Sequence 278
11 T he Interstellar Medium: Star Formation in the Milky Way 302
12 Stellar Evolution: The Lives and Deaths of Stars 330
13 Neutron Stars and Black Holes: Strange States of Matter 360
Part 4 Galaxies and the Univers
14 T he Milky Way Galaxy: A Spiral in Space 390
15 N ormal and Active Galaxies: Building Blocks of the Universe 418
16 G alaxies and Dark Matter: The Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos 446
17 Cosmology: The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe 474
18 Life in the Universe: Are We Alone? 502

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