This straightforward volume presents a broad view of astronomy spanning known facts, evolving ideas, and frontier discoveries. The authors combine qualitative reasoning and analogies with familiar objects and phenomena to awaken readers to the excitement of the universe around them.
Incorporates new understanding and emphases in contemporary astronomy, including the latest data on topics ranging from adaptive optics and solar system formation to extrasolar planets and the recent missions to Mars. Top-notch illustration program exploits the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum, including images taken at radio, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, or gamma-ray wavelengths, in addition to visible-light photographs.
For anyone interested in learning more about astronomy.
Like previous textbooks co-authored by Chaisson (Tufts University) and McMillan (Drexel University), this one doesn't skimp on explanations of complex concepts such as spectroscopy and radiation, while keeping them accessible for students with no previous science background. Chapters follow an earth-out organization, with topics ranging from surface features on the moon and the discovery of extrasolar planets to observations of solar neutrinos and the expanding universe. Numerous color photos and diagrams as well as acetate overlays (illustrating the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and Hubble's law) are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)