With 26 textbooks under his belt, Seeds (Franklin and Marshall College) has made a real science of the introductory astronomy text. This seventh edition covers the usual territory (scale of the cosmos, scientific models, cycles of the sky, history of astronomy, modern telescopes, properties of stars, etc.), with the addition of numerous 2-page spreads illustrating concepts such as the lighthouse pulsar model and the formation of planetary nebulae. The student version of TheSky on CD-ROM is included.
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The latest edition of this introduction to astronomy includes additions and rewrites reflecting recent discoveries about the Earth's past climate, new technologies in telescopes and space observation, and the latest research in black holes and galaxies. Covers origins of modern astronomy, astronomical tools, properties of stars, the structure of the universe, and the possibility of life beyond Earth. Includes color photos and diagrams, and appendices on astronomical coordinates and time and astronomical data, plus a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)