21st Century Astronomy | 2nd Edition
AUTHOR: Hester, Jeff and Blumenthal, George
PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
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The Second Edition of 21st Century Astronomy reaffirms its status as the most current and authoritative text for introductory courses. Written by a team of specialists who are also experienced teachers, this accessible text fosters scientific literacy by relating core concepts in modern astronomy to the real-world process of science. Retaining the lively prose and narrative style of the previous edition, the text now offers improved pedagogy, an expanded art program, and dynamic new multimedia tools for students and instructors. The text is also now available in a comprehensive one-volume edition, a flexible ebook format, or two separate volumes, one focusing on the solar system and the other focusing on stars and galaxies.
The most up-to-date and authoritative introductory text.
With six experienced teachers on the author team, each specializing in a different area of astronomy, 21st Century Astronomy continues to provide the most current and authoritative coverage in the field. Among other recent discoveries, the Second Edition includes coverage of 2003 UB313 and the many recently documented extrasolar bodies.
Fosters scientific literacy by emphasizing the scientific process.
21st Century Astronomy enables students to grasp the core concepts of modern astronomy by emphasizing the scientific process through which astronomers make observations and interpret their findings. Integrated throughout, this emphasis shows students how scientific principles are developed through the trial-and-error process of discovery and research.
Expanded art program and pedagogy reinforce core concepts.
21st Century Astronomy's acclaimed four-color art program has been expanded for the Second Edition, with over 150 new photographs and figures. The Second Edition also offers improved pedagogical features:
Annotated figures offer visual cues to help students focus on the essential principles being conveyed.
Key Concepts boxes at the beginning of each chapter call attention to important topics, while new end-of-chapter Summaries reinforce these topics.
Key Idea statements, throughout each chapter, draw students' attention to important concepts as they read.
Seeing the Forest Through the Trees sections conclude each chapter by linking the chapter's key concepts to the larger themes.
Review Questions at the end of each chapter have been expanded, and Key Term lists have been added.
Inviting narrative style emphasizes the dynamic "story" of science and modern astronomy.
Avoiding the dry, encyclopedic style of other texts, 21st Century Astronomy engages students by focusing on the dynamic narratives of scientific discovery. Each chapter presents theories and concepts by telling their "story": explaining how and when they were developed, how they are related to fundamental scientific principles, and how they are connected to other astronomical theories and concepts covered in the text.
New multimedia tools for instructors and students.
The Second Edition features an exceptional multimedia program, including the SmartWork homework management system to help students review and hone their math skills, an extensive student website (StudySpace) for reviewing important concepts, a brand-new set of interactive animations, and the Starry Night Enthusiast 5.0 CD-ROM and Workbook. Instructors will have access to full-color lecture presentations, test banks, course cartridges for WebCT and BlackBoard, and more.
PUBLICATION DATE: 12/21/2006