Michael Zeilik has revised the pedagogy of his successful textbook based on recent research in astronomy education. Significantly shorter than the previous. This new edition of the classic astronomy text contains new information on the Voyager 2 The main theme of cosmic evolution and the sub-theme of scientific . Michael Zeilik, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and former Presidential Lecturer In , the 8th edition of Astronomy: The Evolving Universe won a Texty.

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The photos and figures have been thoughtfully selected and generously sized, and the prose is written in an engagingly colloquial style The text continually explains the significance of what the reader is studying It is recommended for undergraduate science collections, as well as public libraries providing continuing education resourcesin the sciences. This highly illustrated textbook for a one-semester introduction to astronomy describes the full range of the astronomical universe and how astronomers think about the cosmos.

This ninth edition is more streamlined than earlier editions, presenting only that material needed by students. Zeliik topic is presented in a asgronomy, engaging manner, and includes the lastest astronomical research. Would you like to tell us about a lower uhiverse If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Thoroughly updated and re-conceived, Astronomy, Ninth Edition, equips the introductory astronomy student with the essential tools for understanding the cosmos. Michael Zeilik has revised the pedagogy of his successful textbook based on recent research in astronomy education. Significantly shorter than the previous edition, the ninth edition is organized into four concept clusters: Material has been streamlined throughout to make the descriptions, concepts, and explanations clearer.

Each chapter ends with a concise summary of the concepts in each cluster. Each chapter contains at least one Celestial Navigator, a concept map that provides a visual guide of major concepts in the chapter and explicity shows their connections. Throughout, illustrations have been updated to be clearer and more understandable to the novice student. Michael Zeilik, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and former Presidential Lecturer at the University of New Mexico, specializes in innovative, introductory courses for the novice, non-science major student.

Inthe 8th edition of Astronomy: Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics. Customers who bought this item also bought. Review “A slick introductory textbook that vaguely resembles a really thick Discover magazine. Cambridge University Press; 9th edition January 14, Language: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

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Please try again later. The seller supplied a text that was as described in the advert. My review is of the book. I have not read the 9th edition but will do so soon. I did read the 6th edition from cover to cover. My PhD is in psychology but I like science parts of psychology are science but a lot is bull sauce and I read a lot of science and math. This is one textbook that I read from cover to cover without being bored.


I gave the hardcover 6th edition to a family member who was interested in astronomy and then bought this edition for myself. So if you want to learn something about how the universe evolved then I highly recommend this book. Note, that as I recall, it does not attempt to explain why matter exists. This is a question that I think about frequently but the why existence is beyond my comprehension.

A Short History of Time has an explanation but I am not sure it really explains anything. So just be aware that this book is science and not what I would label as metaphysics. I think I need to read more of John D. But if you want to really understand the subject in as much detail as an aspiring astronomer, you may want a more challenging text. This seemed light on details. But as an overall introduction, it is very good, as any 9th edition should be.

My one complaint is the number of exclamation marks used in the text. It seemed like every lines there was something amazing to say that required an exclamation mark.

It got to be a bit much. One person found this micgael. Once again Michael does a very good job of explaining Astronomy and its theory.

I realy am enjoing this book. Helps me post ultra accurate info to my Astronomical page Has a great deal of info. Like Hudson Astronomical Astronomical on Facebook. The book is in excellent condition and I needed it for a summer class.

I haven’t seen any marks or creased pages and it’s just very clean-cut, as stated. Zeilik’s book is one of the earliest systematic astronomy texts I ever read, beginning with the third universs back in That edition had four primary sections – Part I: Part I looks at the general univerde of the universe, how it was conceived in the past, and how it is viewed today.

Much of what is covered here falls under the general heading of cosmology.

Zeilik has an interest in the history of astronomy, and it shows clearly in the text. Some basic physics is introduced along the way, to make sense of radiation and optics, as well as gravitation and space-time concepts. Part II looks at the nine planets of our solar system, including their satellites moonsand the asteroids and other solar system objects comets, etc.

Planetary sciences are among the fastest developing sciences around, so a lot of the information contained here is basic, and some updating is required. There is no mistake that the most current version of this text is now in its ninth edition. The final chapter in this subject looks hniverse some of the theories of the origin and development of the solar system.

Part III looks at the universe beyond the planets, looking first at the sun as a typical small star, and then going further afield to look at the Milky Way, our local galaxy fvolving some detail. This includes a look at other major zeilkk and stars within the galaxy – some named stars of interest as well as celestial objects such as nebulae, and astronommy discussion of interstellar distances and distribution Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, etc.

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The structure, kinematics and dynamics of spiral galaxies are explored, and then other types of galaxies elliptical, etc. The final section, Part IV, looks at general evolution and development of the universe.

Stellar evolution is the first subject, as one of the primary vehicles of universal development. The different ways in which a star dies are explored – white dwarves, neutron stars, supernovae, black holes, pulsars.

The larger ideas of the origins and ultimate fate of the universe cosmology again, at the end are explored, including a brief discussion of the origins of life in the universe, and short discussions on topics such as SETI called CETI here, Communication with ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence.

One of the useful aspects of this text is the ‘Beyond the Book’ sections after each chapter. These include information about periodicals often the best way to find the latest information on astronomy topicsadditional books and other univerwe. There are learning objectives listed at the beginning of each chapter, and convenient summaries, and evolvung short exercises at the end of each chapter also.

There are several useful appendices, including lists of stars, planetary data, periodic table, and other such information. A very good glossary and index round out the book, astrlnomy it an excellent text book for both classroom and independent use. If you were ever interested in what is going on univsrse in heavens, but didn’t want astronomh trouble yourself with too much equations and other non-esential stuff, then this is the book for you.

Astronomy: The Evolving Universe

It is a textbook, and it reads as a textbook. You’ll find that everything is included: Descriptions are as they should be for the non-pros: Great for an occasional star-gazer as well as astronomy students to revise their knowledge. And the Night Spectra Quest is a neat beginner’s tool to examining star spectra. If you get more interested after studying this book, I recommend “An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics”, which goes more deeply into the study of astrophysics and cosmology.

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