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Fundamental Astronomy 5th Edition.pdf
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Fundamental Astronomy gives a well-balanced and comprehensive introduction to the topics of classical and modern astronomy. While emphasizing both the astronomical concepts and the underlying physical principles, the text provides a sound basis for more profound studies in the astronomical sciences. The fifth edition of this successful undergraduate textbook has been extensively modernized and extended in the parts dealing with the Milky Way, extragalactic astronomy and cosmology as well as with extrasolar planets and the solar system (as a consequence of recent results from satellite missions and the new definition by the International Astronomical Union of planets, dwarf planets and small solar-system bodies). Furthermore a new chapter on astrobiology has been added.Long considered a standard text for physical science majors, Fundamental Astronomy is also an excellent reference and entrée for dedicated amateur astronomers.
Introduction to the 5th Ed.:
As the title suggests, this book is about fundamental things that one might expect to remain fairly the same.Yet astronomy has evolved enormously over the last few years, and only a few chapters of this book have been left unmodified.
Cosmology has especially changed very rapidly from speculations to an exact empirical science and this process was happening when we were working with the previous edition. Therefore it is understandable that many readers wanted us to expand the chapters on extragalactic and cosmological matters.
We hope that the current edition is more in this direction. There are also many revisions and additions to the chapters on the Milky Way, galaxies, and cosmology.
While we were working on the new edition, the International Astronomical Union decided on a precise definition of a planet, which meant that the chapter on the solar system had to be completely restructured and partly rewritten.
Over the last decade, many newexoplanets have also been discovered and this is one reason for the increasing interest in a newbranch of science – astrobiology, which now has its own new chapter.
In addition, several other chapters contain smaller revisions and many of the previous images have been replaced with newer ones.
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