The Cosmic Perspective eBook (9e) : 9780135161760

The Cosmic Perspective eBook (9e)

Bennett,J et al
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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About the book: Exploring the impact of new discoveries on astronomy, science, and life in the universe

Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective, 9th Edition provides a thoroughly engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for anyone who is curious about the universe, regardless of prior background in astronomy or physics. As respected teachers and active researchers, the authors present astronomy using a coherent narrative and a thematic approach that engages students immediately and guides them through connecting ideas. This engagement-centered approach and variety of contextualising features enhance student understanding of the process of science and actively involve them in learning key concepts.

The 9th Edition features major scientific updates, new content that focuses on the possibility of life in the universe, and recent discoveries that provide modern contexts to help students see astronomy as highly relevant to their worlds now. The authors integrate a new focus on cultural diversity among scientists and ethics across science and astronomy, delving into science done by a wide range of people and evaluated in different ways.

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Table of contents
  • 1. A Modern View of the Universe
  • 2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself
  • 3. The Science of Astronomy
  • S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation
  • 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity
  • 5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos
  • 6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery
  • 7. Our Planetary System
  • 8. Formation of the Solar System
  • 9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
  • 10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds
  • 11. Jovian Planet Systems
  • 12. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts
  • 13. Other Planetary Systems: the New Science of Distant Worlds
  • S2. Space and Time
  • S3. Spacetime and Gravity
  • S4. Building Blocks of the Universe
  • 14. Our Star
  • 15. Surveying the Stars
  • 16. Star Birth
  • 17. Star Stuff
  • 18. The Bizarre. Stellar Graveyard
  • 19. Our Galaxy
  • 20. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology
  • 21. Galaxy Evolution
  • 22. The Birth of the Universe
  • 23. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe
  • 24. Life In the Universe
Features & benefits
  • Material from Mission Juno, the first mission to Jupiter; material on the planets and life in the universe based on the Cassini mission to Saturn’s rings and the discovery of an ocean on Enceladus; and material on recently confirmed gravitational waves is integrated into the text.
  • Dark Matter chapter reflects recent discoveries and new constraints in what might be.
  • Life in the Universe Chapter includes exoplanet discoveries, breakthrough initiatives in the search for life in the universe, and the proposed mini-spacecraft fleet to Alpha Centauri.
  • Build a framework and foundation for the process of science and create a platform for discussion about the impact of our society and current ideas on science
  • The Process of Science, a major theme integrated throughout the main text, is reinforced with a set of short answer questions at the end of each chapter.
  • Chapter-opening quotes reflect diverse individuals, and are part of the Consistent Chapter Structure that focuses on Learning Goals and creates a clear, student-friendly path through the book.
  • A cosmic framework establishes a solid foundation of understanding by exploring our place in the universe and delving into how astronomers know what they know, fleshing out these themes throughout the text. This approach motivates students to learn and helps them develop both a personal understanding of astronomy and a lasting appreciation of the process of science.
  • A comparative planetology approach helps students understand the similarities and differences between planets and the processes that shape them. Planet-by-planet information combined with this comparative approach gives students a deeper understanding of our solar system, other solar systems, and the prospects for life in the universe.
  • Streamlined end-of-chapter contents includes the revision of numerous exercises.
  • Group work content incorporates material and art from the book with content scaffolded for easy implementation. Content includes clicker questions and PDF worksheets with follow-up exercises in the end-of-chapter material.
  • Group work activities focus on an “Inclusive Astronomy” group discussionandprovide an activity for every chapter. Activities appear in the end-of-chapter material, all written and class tested by the authors.
  • Inclusive Astronomy exercises appear in every chapter under the heading Inclusive Astronomy and emphasise the idea that astronomy belongs to everyone, aiming to successfully engage students in discussions about our current society and its impact on science.
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