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Understanding the Universe : An Introduction to Physics and Astrophysics - James B. Seaborn

Understanding the Universe

An Introduction to Physics and Astrophysics

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This text is intended for undergraduate nonscience majors, satisfying a general education requirement or seeking an elective in natural science. It is a text on physics, but with an emphasis on topics and applications in astronomy; the perspective is thus different from most undergraduate astronomy courses: rather than discussing what one knows about the heavens (and including, where needed, a brief discussion of the necessary physics), this text develops the principles of physics (as one needs them to understand the behavior of matter on Earth) and uses these to illuminate what we see in the heavens. The fundamental principles governing the behavior of matter and energy are thus used to study the solar system, the structure and evolution of stars, and the early universe. The first part of the book develops Newtonian mechanics with an aim of understanding celestial mechanics. Chapters on electromagnetism and elementary quantum theory lay the foundation of the modern theory of the structure of matter and the role of radiation in the constitution of stars. Kinetic theory and nuclear physics provide the basis for a discussion of stellar structure and evolution. And an examination of red shifts and other observational data provide a basis for discussions of cosmology and cosmogony.

From the reviews "This excellent text on physics is intended for undergraduate non-science majors. It is a unique introductory physics book in the sense that its emphasis is on applications in astronomy ! This kind of well-written and compelling text is the best publicity for the physical sciences! Even science majors and physicists (especially teachers) should read it and enjoy (at least the reviewer enjoyed it a lot)." Mathematical Reviews

Preface
Watchers of the Heavensp. 1
The Stuff Moves Aroundp. 16
Eyes on the Skiesp. 33
Newton Puts It All Togetherp. 54
Running the Machinep. 69
Off the Straight and Narrowp. 82
The Gravity of It Allp. 89
Round and Round She Goesp. 104
As the World Turnsp. 113
Let There Be Light!p. 127
What's the Matter?p. 148
Hot Stuffp. 156
Einstein's Bundlesp. 161
The Great Danep. 172
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...p. 187
The Starry Messengerp. 196
The Sun Is a Gasp. 218
The Sun Is a Nuclear Furnacep. 233
No More to Wonder What You Are...p. 249
The Flight of the Galaxiesp. 266
The Big Picturep. 277
Linear Graphsp. 285
Physical and Astronomical Datap. 289
Useful Formulasp. 291
The Chemical Elementsp. 292
The Brightest Stars in the Skyp. 295
Bibliographyp. 296
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780387982953
ISBN-10: 0387982957
Series: Supplement; 10
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 12th December 1997
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59