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Introductory Astronomy


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Introductory Astronomy

by Keith Holliday (Author)



ISBN: 9780471983316


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Written to provide students with a non-trivial introduction to the subject, this book examines the problems astronomers face on Earth. It moves on to explore the solar system, the stars and beyond.

In writing this textbook the author's objective was to provide students with a non-trivial, reasonably priced introduction to astronomy. Starting with problems astronomers face on Earth connected with observation, the book then moves on to cover the Solar System, galaxies and finally cosmology, one of the most exciting and fastest developing areas of astronomy. Up-to-date and carefully structured Introductory Astronomy has a strong narrative thread running through it; concepts are gradually introduced and subsequently built upon in later chapters. The science behind the subject is integrated and presented in a way that allows readers to gain a thorough understanding of the subject without being blinded by unnecessary mathematical detail or scientific theory. Throughout the book there are plenty of worked examples, problems, figures and photographs. FEATURES - A balanced coverage of the field of astronomy. - Many carefully chosen worked examples and problems. - Clear exposition of the science behind astronomy. CONTENTS: Introduction; Light; Seeing into Space; The View From Earth; The Sun, the Stars and Time; Observation of the Solar System; Gravity and the Solar System; The Origin of the Solar System; A Closer Look at the Terrestrial Planets; A Closer Look at the Jovian Planets; The Sun; Studying Stars; Stellar Birth and Early Life; Stellar Evolution and Death; Galaxies; Cosmology; Appendices: Measurement and units; Atoms, ions and molecules; Ellipses; Historical milestones in astronomy; Compendium of astronomical data; Some fundamental physical constants; Multiple choice quiz; Short answers to selected questions; Index.


ISBN 471983314
ISBN13 9780471983316
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Format Hardback
Publication date 25/09/1998
Pages 326
Weight (grammes) 680
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 245
Width (mm) 170

seeing into space
the view from Earth
the Sun, the stars and time
observation of the solar system
gravity and the solar system
the origin of the solar system
a closer look at the terrestrial planets
a closer look at the Jovian planets
the Sun
studying stars
stellar birth and early life
stellar evolution and death