The enhanced pedagogy, streamlined presentation, and integrated media of The Cosmic Perspective, Third Edition makes it easier than ever for readers to successfully navigate their way through introductory astronomy. Renowned for its up-to-date and expert coverage, this student-friendly book focuses on central ideas and unifying themes to provide a cosmic context. New chapter openers and end-of-chapter summaries expertly steer readers through key concepts, helping them stay focused on core learning goals. The Third Edition features expanded coverage on seasons, the solar system, chronological history, and astrobiology. For college instructors, students, or anyone interested in introductory astronomy.
A textbook for a one-term introductory course in astronomy for students who are not planning to major in mathematics or science, and also useful for anyone who is curious about the universe but not enough to wade through highly technical accounts. Based on their teaching both to college students and to the general public, scholars (U. of Colorado-Boulder and the Space Telescope Science Institute) decided it was time to rethink how to organize and teach the major concepts in astronomy in light of new discoveries. Color is used throughout, both for stunning photographs and for graphs and drawings. There is no bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)