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Universe: Stars and Galaxies (5th Edition)

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29 July 2015

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This is an abbreviated volume of Universe by Freedman et al., focusing on stars and galaxies. Known for their up-to-date coverage, the various Universe books place the basics of astronomy and the process of science within...

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This is an abbreviated volume of Universe by Freedman et al., focusing on stars and galaxies. Known for their up-to-date coverage, the various Universe books place the basics of astronomy and the process of science within the grasp of introductory students. The 5th edition has been updated with new material and new discoveries.

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  • Cautions-Confronting misconceptions: Throughout Universe, paragraphs marked by the Caution icon alert the reader to common conceptual pitfalls.
  • Analogies-Bringing astronomy down to Earth: Analogy paragraphs relate new ideas to more familiar experiences on Earth. For example, the bending of light through a telescope lens is similar to the path of a car driving from firm ground onto sand.
  • Tools of the Astronomer's Trade featuring S.T.A.R.-A problem-solving rubric: All the worked examples in Universe follow a logical and consistent sequence of steps called S.T.A.R.: assess the Situation, select the Tools, find the Answer, and Review the answer and explore its significance.
  • The Heavens on the Earth: These boxes illustrate how the same principles astronomers use to explain celestial phenomena can also explain everyday behavior here on Earth, from the color of the sky to why diet soft drink cans float in water.
  • Wavelength tabs: To familiarise students with nonvisible forms of light, all of the images in Universe appear with wavelength tabs. The highlighted letter on each tab indiates whether the image was made with Radio waves, Infrared radiation, Visible light, Ultraviolet light, X rays, or Gamma rays.





  • Stunning New Art Program
  • 4 Gatefold Centerfold photos highlighting astronomical phenomenon and explanations
  • Concept Checks: These questions go beyond reading comprehension, often asking students to draw conclusions informed by but not explicitly mentioned in the text, calling for applied thinking and synthesis of concepts. Answers are provided in the back of the text. 
  • Calculation Checks: Appearing only within sections where relevant mathematical reasoning is presented, these exercises give students the opportunity to test themselves by solving different mathematical problems associated with the chapter concepts. 




PART I: INTRODUCING ASTRONOMY
1. Astronomy and the Universe
Guest Essay: Why Astronomy? by Sandra M. Faber
2. Knowing the Heavens
Guest Essay Why Astrology Is Not Science by James Randi
3. Eclipses and the Motion of the Moon
Guest Essay: Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy by Mark Hollabaugh
4. Gravitation and the Waltz of the Planets
5. The Nature of Light
6. Optics and Telescopes
PART II: PLANETS AND MOONS
7. Comparative Planetology I: Our Solar System
8. Comparative Planetology II: The Origin of Our Solar System
Guest Essay: Alien Planets by Geoff Marcy
PART III: STARS AND STELLAR EVOLUTION
16. Our Star, the Sun
17. The Nature of the Stars
18. The Birth of Stars
19. Stellar Evolution: On and After the Main Sequence
20. Stellar Evolution: The Deaths of Stars
21. Neutron Stars
22. Black Holes
PART IV: GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY
23. Our Galaxy
24. Galaxies
25. Quasars and Active Galaxies
26. Cosmology: The Origin and Evolution of the Universe
Guest Essay: The Extravagant Universe by Robert Kirshner
27. Exploring the Early Universe
Guest Essay: New Horizons in the Cosmic Microwave Background by John Ruhl
28. The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
Guest Essay: A Biologist's View of Astrobiology by Kevin W. Plaxco.

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Roger A. Freedman is a Lecturer in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. At UCSB, Dr. Freedman has taught in both the Department of Physics and the College of Creative Studies, a branch of the university intended for highly gifted and motivated undergraduates. He has published research in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and laser physics. In recent years, he has helped to develop computer-based tools for learning introductory physics and astronomy and helped pioneer the use of classroom response systems and the "flipped" classroom model at UCSB. He is co-author of three introductory textbooks: University Physics (Pearson), Universe (Freeman), and Investigating Astronomy...

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Roger A. Freedman is a Lecturer in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. At UCSB, Dr. Freedman has taught in both the Department of Physics and the College of Creative Studies, a branch of the university intended for highly gifted and motivated undergraduates. He has published research in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and laser physics. In recent years, he has helped to develop computer-based tools for learning introductory physics and astronomy and helped pioneer the use of classroom response systems and the "flipped" classroom model at UCSB. He is co-author of three introductory textbooks: University Physics (Pearson), Universe (Freeman), and Investigating Astronomy (Freeman).

Robert M. Geller teaches and conducts research in astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, he is currently involved in a search for bursts of lights that are predicted to occur when a supermassive black hole consumes a star. Dr. Gellar also has a strong emphasis on education, and he received the Distinguished Teaching Award at UCSB in 2003.

William J. Kaufman III (deceased) was the author of the first four editions of Universe. During his career he held positions at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, San Diego State University, UCLA, Caltech, and the University of Illinois. A prolific author, his many books include Black Holes and Warped Spacetime, Relativity and Cosmology, The Cosmic Frontiers of General Relativity, Exploration of the Solar System, Planets and Moons, Stars and Nebulas, Galaxies and Quasars, and Supercomputing and the Transformation of Science. Dr. Kaufmann died in 1994.

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