Authors Mike Seeds and Dana Backman personalize the history of the universe by placing you at the center of the latest chapter in a grand and amazing story. You will learn how we are the latest link in the "great chain of origins." And, by emphasizing the role of the scientific process, Seeds and Backman will help you also understand how analyzing scientific evidence not only answers the question "How do we know?," but provide deeper insights into our place in the universe as well. Each new copy of the text comes with access to CengageNOW, an online personalized learning system designed to save you time in studying and to help you prepare for exams through a series of diagnostic tests and personalized study plans.
Table of contents :
1. The Scale of the Cosmos-From Solar System to Galaxy to Universe. 2. User''s Guide to the Sky-Patterns and Cycles. 3. Circles Around Earth Become Orbits around the Sun. 4. Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments: Extending Humanity''s Vision. 5. Sun Light and Sun Atoms. 6. The Family of Stars. 7. The Structure and Formation of Stars. 8. The Death of Stars. 9. The Milky Way Galaxy. 10. Galaxies. 11. Cosmology in the 21st Century. 12. The Origin of the Solar System. 13. Comparative Planetology of the Terrestrial Planets. 14. Comparative Planetology of the Outer Planets. 15. Life on Other Worlds.