Understanding our universe 2nd edition
Understanding the Universe by Alex FilippenkoWho has not gazed with wonder at the night sky? The great canopy of stars stretching overhead suggests that our world is part of a vastly larger cosmos. But how large is it? Where do we fit in? And how did it all begin? These questions have puzzled stargazers for thousands of years, and the search for answers helped spark the great advances of the Scientific Revolution in the 16th and 17th centuries. But only in our own time has the full picture of the true immensity, variety, and surpassing strangeness of the universe come into focus. Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition is a nontechnical description of where that picture stands today. Much has happened in astronomy in a few short years. Many of these discoveries are scientifically sophisticated, but the comprehensive scope of this course allows you to absorb the background you need to grasp such exciting recent developments. In 96 fascinating lessons, youll survey the main concepts, methods, and discoveries in astronomy, from the constellations drawn by the ancients to the latest reports from planetary probes in our solar system.
Understanding the Beautiful Complexity of Our Universe
Influenced by astronomy education research, the Second Edition continues to lead the way by providing pedagogy and a learning package that facilitates learning by doing better than any other intro astronomy book. Read more Read less. Amazon Outlet Store. Shop thousands of discounted overstock products from Amazon Outlet Store Shop now. Amazon Global Store International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions.
The Nortons soon expanded their program beyond the Institute, publishing books by celebrated academics from America and abroad. In the s, the Norton family transferred control of the company to its employees, and today—with a staff of four hundred and a comparable number of trade, college, and professional titles published each year—W. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. This course is generally taken by nonscience students to fulfill a general education requirement. At the beginning of the course, I provide to students an anonymous survey in which I ask them to rate their comfort and previous experiences with math and science, and a majority usually report that they consider themselves to be bad at math and that they are afraid of science.
Modern astronomy - the central theme will be modern science's attempt to understand the nature and origin of the universe at large, including the matter and radiation that make it up. Specific topics include stars, exotic stellar objects white dwarfs, red giants, neutron stars, and black holes , supernova explosions, the origin of atomic elements, galaxies, giant radio sources, quasars, clusters of galaxies, the fabric of space and time, and Big Bang cosmology. The following sections detail the structure, requirements, and expectations of the course. The instructor reserves the right to modify any of the policies currently described here, but will endeavor to hew closely to the syllabus as outlined on the first day of class, and any subsequent changes will be communicated clearly to the class. In this class, you will learn about the sky above us and our place in the universe.
Get a comprehensive overview of the grandest of all subjects—the universe—in this brilliant and fascinating course taught by one of America's foremost astronomers. Show more. Have an account? Sign In. Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition Get a comprehensive overview of the grandest of all subjects—the universe—in this brilliant and fascinating course taught by one of America's foremost astronomers. Taught by Professor Alex Filippenko, Ph.