Neil Comins' Discovering the Universe is highly acclaimed for bringing the excitement of scientific discovery to the one-term astronomy module. Vivid writing and images, conceptual and mathematical support, and a focus on common mistakes and misunderstandings have made the book a longtime classroom bestseller.
PART I: UNDERSTANDING ASTRONOMY
1. Discovering the Night Sky
2. Gravitation and the Motion of the Planets
3. Light and Telescopes
4. Atomic Physics and Spectra
PART II: UNDERSTANDING THE SOLAR SYSTEM
5. Formation of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems
6. Earth and Moon
7. The Other Terrestrial Planets
8. The Outer Planets
9. Vagabonds of the Solar System
10. The Sun: Our Extraordinary Ordinary Star
PART III: UNDERSTANDING THE STARS
11. Characterizing Stars
12. The Lives of Stars from Birth Through Middle Age
13. The Deaths of Stars
14. Black Holes: Matters of Gravity
Part IV: UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE
15. The Milky Way Galaxy
17. Quasars and Other Active Galaxies
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Professor Neil F. Comins is on the faculty of the University of Maine, USA. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering physics at Cornell University, USA, a master's degree in physics at the University of Maryland, USA, and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from University College, Cardiff, Wales. Dr. Comins took over the authorship of Discovering the Universe in its Fourth Edition, following the death of William Kaufmann. He is also the author of Discovering the Essential Universe and Discovering the Universe: From the Stars to the Planets. Dr. Comins has also written bestselling books for general audiences, including What if the Moon Didn't Exist?, Heavenly Errors, The Hazards of Space Travel, and What if the Earth Had Two Moons?