Jeffrey O Bennett
Release Date: 01 October 2009
Key Benefit: The "Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals "is the briefest introduction to astronomy in the Bennett series. It is carefully crafted to engage readers and motivate them to learn about astronomy and scientific inquiry.
- Topical Coverage is focused on topics that readers are curious about and that are most requested by faculty, such as extrasolar planets, the search for life in the universe, black holes, and dark matter and energy.
- The Process of Science is emphasized throughout the book, and each chapter has a full section devoted to exploring a case study on how the process of science has helped astronomers learn more about the topics in a given chapter.
- Active Learning is encouraged throughout the book. In-text "Think About It" questions prompt readers to think more deeply about the material as they read. See It for Yourself questions encourage readers to perform simple astronomy-related activities.
This book covers the key topics found in other one-semester astronomy books, but treats them with less detail, giving professors the opportunity to supplement the book with outside readings, articles, videos, and activities of their choice. For those concerned about the price of books, The "Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals "is the most affordable book on the market, without sacrificing the quality of its content or art program. Key Topics: A Modern View of the Universe, Understanding the Sky, Changes in Our Perspective, Origin of the Solar System, Terrestrial Planets, The Outer Solar System, Planets Around Other Stars, Our Sun and the Stars, Stellar Lives, The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard, Galaxies, Galaxy Distances and Hubble's Law, The Early Universe, Dark Matter and Energy, Life in the Universe Market: Intended for those interested in a brief introduction to astronomy
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