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eBook Essential Cosmic Perspective, The (5th Edition) ePub

by Megan Donahue,Nicholas O Schneider,Mark Voit,Jeffrey O. Bennett

  • ISBN: 0321580885
  • Category: Astronomy and Space Science
  • Subcategory: Math Science
  • Author: Megan Donahue,Nicholas O Schneider,Mark Voit,Jeffrey O. Bennett
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 5 edition (January 16, 2009)
  • Pages: 624
  • ePub book: 1964 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1698 kb
  • Other: rtf mobi docx txt
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 760


Megan Donahue Megan Donahue is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University

Megan Donahue Megan Donahue is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University.

Jeffrey O. Bennett (Author), Megan O. Donahue (Author), Nicholas Schneider (Author), Mark Voit (Author) & 1 more. Mark Voit is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. ISBN-13: 978-0134446431. in astrophysical sciences at Princeton University and his P. in astrophysics at the University of Colorado in 1990. ISBN-13: 978-0321633668. Ships from and sold by Simplicity Books "NO-SALES-TAX".

ark:/13960/t19m0tn2g. Ocr. ABBYY FineReader 1. (Extended OCR). Bennett, Megan Donahue, Nicholas O Schneider, Mark Voit. Download (pdf, 5. 5 Mb) Donate Read.

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The Essential Cosmic Perspective (Paperback). Jeffrey O. Bennett (author), Megan Donahue (author), Nicholas Schneider (author), Mark Voit (author).

The textbook package also includes updated supplements to support the book’s pedagogy, making it the most effective text in the one-semester astronomy market.

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Essential Cosmic Perspective, The (5th Edition)


NO ACCESS CODE GUARANTEED. Bought this book so I could access MasteringAstronomy because it CLEARLY stated "Access Card Package" but the book came without an access code. Do NOT buy this if you want an access code for MasteringAstronomy.
Doukree Doukree
I was actually pretty surprised that out of all the textbooks I ordered this semester, this one was the most understandable. I'm sure that this is just an overview of what are incredibly complicated theories, but the writing isn't TOO boring and actually explains astronomy in a way that makes sense.

Be careful ordering, though - there are what seems like a billion different editions of this book in addition to a textbook called "The Cosmic Perspective" (no essential) and many places will get ISBN numbers confused, so double check your syllabus to make sure the title matches. Additionally, do NOT depend on the access code enclosed to actually match whatever your online lab is; I wound up having to order one separately because they were not the same.
Black_Hawk_Down Black_Hawk_Down
The book is fine, however, the access code did not match the class ID code so had to buy another digital copy for another $93. The book companies and school sure do have a good racket going on....
Vojar Vojar
I would rate book 4/5 due to the poor quality of the paperback cover, but the information in the book is so good I have to rate it a 5/5. I wish this book was a hardcover because I'm planning on keeping it the rest of my life, but the paperback cover quality is very poor. The quality of the pages and ink are very good though. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in our universe.

Anyways, I used this textbook for my Introduction to Astronomy course. This textbook is great in explaining concepts with only basic math (for a simple derivation of Einstein's Special Relativity, you only need to remember highschool geometry). The 1st chapter of the book is absolutely mindblowing as it ventures into the vast scale of the universe. The 3rd chapter, which address the nature of science, is well-written to give you a feel for how the scientific method works (everyone should read this section because there are so many misconceptions about the scientific method). The 2nd part of the book goes into key concepts mandatory for astronomy. These sections will be harder for people without a scientific background (i.e. those not in a science or engineering major). A lot of the students in the class struggled during these chapters not due to the mathematics, but due to the amount of information present in these chapters. What I learned during 3 years of physics and engineering is shrunken down to 3 compact chapters. But the authors do their best job to simplify concepts, and these sections were really fun to read. These chapters will show you how beautiful physics really is, and more importantly will set the foundation for the rest of the book.

Parts 3-7 will be the most interesting parts of the book (about 20 chapters total), depending on which subfield you enjoy. These parts include planets (and exoplanets), stars, galaxies, cosmology, and a few other topics like quantum mechanics, special/general relativity, and exobiology. I would sit and read these chapters in awe. It's not worth getting into detail about each chapter, but I can't express enough how great these chapters were written. There are a ton of pictures, graphs, and tables to help with the concepts. I read this book word for word from front to back. For anyone without a strong mathematical background, but wants to learn about astronomy, I would highly recommend this textbook.

Edit: I used this textbook last school year. This year I've began my 3-course astronomy minor and I keep this introductory book by my desk because the picture references are great. My professor even uses the diagrams in our astrophysics class because they are so colorful and, more importantly, informative (the HR diagram included is color-coded and merges the theorist's and observer's diagrams together. I have yet to see a better HR diagram than the one in this book).
Ce Ce
Book was in good shape and served it's purpose well for the college course. The price for rental was good as well. I hope amazon continues to keep good prices since when you're renting you're only borrowing the book for a few months. I'm very glad Amazon is doing this. Books at university store prices are insanely overpriced. Very happy about being able to rent here.
Kendis Kendis
Pretty good book. I liked how it has a lot of visuals all throughout and is fairly simple to understand. I used this book for my astronomy class and used it mostly as a review tool. Very helpful supplementary book to the class lecture. I also enjoyed having it in a loose-leaf edition. This way I kept most of the book at home in a big binder and take the chapter I need for class in a small binder. Very convenient.
Sarin Sarin
Rip off. Even though clearly advertised as including access card, it did not have one. I could have bought the book alone for half the price. I should have read the reviews.
I'm a professional science writer and curriculum developer who is long out of college. This book is organizer beautifully for conceptually developing planetary geology, geophysics and astronomy on a readable level. Up-to-date with excellent graphics and a nicely done index, it is my go to reference guide. I prefer it over the Internet to help with the "big picture" ideas. I've read other textbooks cover to cover and the organizational flow, coupled with the through chapter development is outstanding. He begins with a page on pedagogy that says it all: Focus on the big picture, work on conceptual ideas, relate the material to what students already know and then idea more obscure details. I've taught for more than 20 years and this is a sound way to impart complex information.