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Universe: Stars and Galaxies


Series: Universe

By: Roger A Freedman (Author), Robert Geller (Author), William J Kaufmann III (Author)

416 pages, colour illustrations

W.H. Freeman & Co. Ltd

Paperback | Mar 2014 | Edition: 5 | #210567 | ISBN-13: 9781464135279
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This is an abbreviated volume of Universe by Freedman et al., focusing on stars and galaxies. Known for their up-to-date coverage, the various Universe books place the basics of astronomy and the process of science within the grasp of introductory students. The 5th edition has been updated with new material and new discoveries.


I Introducing Astronomy
1 Astronomy and the Universe
Guest Essay Why Astronomy? Sandra M. Faber
2 Knowing the Heavens
Guest Essay Why Astrology Is Not Science James Randi
3 Eclipses and the Motion of the Moon
Guest Essay Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy Mark Hollabaugh
4 Gravitation and the Waltz of the Planets
5 The Nature of Light
6 Optics and Telescopes

II Planets and Moons
7 Comparative Planetology I: Our Solar System
8 Comparative Planetology II: The Origin of the Solar System
III Stars and Stellar Evolution
16 Our Star, the Sun
17 The Nature of the Stars
18 The Birth of Stars
20 Stellar Evolution: The Deaths of Stars
21 Black Holes
IV Galaxies and Cosmology
22 Our Galaxy
23 Galaxies
24 Quasars and Active Galaxies
25 Cosmology: The Origin and Evolution of the Universe
Scientific American Article Dark Forces at Work David Appell
26 Exploring the Early Universe
Scientific American article Making Sense of Modern Cosmology P. James E. Peebles
27 The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
Guest Essay A Biologist’s View of Astrobiology Kevin W. Plaxco

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Roger A. Freedman is a Lecturer in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. At UCSB, Dr. Freedman has taught in both the Department of Physics and the College of Creative Studies, a branch of the university intended for highly gifted and motivated undergraduates. He has published research in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and laser physics. In recent years, he has helped to develop computer-based tools for learning introductory physics and astronomy and helped pioneer the use of classroom response systems and the "flipped" classroom model at UCSB. He is co-author of three introductory textbooks: University Physics (Pearson), Universe (Freeman), and Investigating Astronomy (Freeman).

Robert M. Geller teaches and conducts research in astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, he is currently involved in a search for bursts of lights that are predicted to occur when a supermassive black hole consumes a star. Dr. Gellar als has a strong emphasis on education, and he received the Distinguished Teaching Award at UCSB in 2003.

William J. Kaufman III (deceased) was the author of the first four editions of Universe. During his career he held positions at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, San Diego State University, UCLA, Caltech, and the University of Illinois. A prolific author, his many books include Black Holes and Warped Spacetime, Relativity and Cosmology, The Cosmic Frontiers of General Relativity, Exploration of the Solar System, Planets and Moons, Stars and Nebulas, Galaxies and Quasars, and Supercomputing and the Transformation of Science. Dr. Kaufmann died in 1994.

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