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The Big Picture Synopsis

A brief overview of astronomy and cosmology is presented in five different ways, through the lenses of space, time, evolution, process, and structure.Specific topics are chosen for their contribution to a big picture understanding of the interconnectedness of knowledge in astronomy and cosmology. Thus, many topics (stellar astronomy for example) are treated in multiple sections, but from different viewpoints-for example, sizes and distances of stars (space); when stars appeared in the history of the universe (time); stellar evolution (evolution); hydrostatic equilibrium and stellar spectra (process); and stellar structure (structure). Some topics traditional to the introductory astronomy curriculum-eclipses and lunar phases, for example-are omitted altogether as they are inessential for the big-picture goals of the book, and excellent summaries are easily available elsewhere. On the other hand, the book treats some topics not usually covered in an introductory astronomy course, for example the roles played by equilibrium processes and symmetry in our understanding of the universe. The level is for the beginning undergraduate, with only basic skills in rudimentary algebra assumed. But more advanced students and teachers will also find the book useful as both a set of practical tools and a point of departure for taking stock (in five different ways) of the current state of knowledge in astronomy and cosmology.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781681737058
Publication date: 28th February 2020
Author: John Beaver
Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 267 pages
Categories: Astronomy, space & time, Cosmology & the universe, Technology: general issues,

About John Beaver

John Beaver is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Fox Cities Campus of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he teaches physics, astronomy, photography, and interdisciplinary courses. He earned his B.S. in physics and astronomy in 1985 from Youngstown State University, and his Ph.D. in astronomy in 1992 from Ohio State University. His published work in astronomy is on the topics of spectrophotometry of comets and gaseous nebulae, and multi-color photometry of star clusters.Beaver is also a fine-art photographer, having exhibited in many juried competitions, and shared and solo exhibitions in Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, Louisiana, Missouri, Oregon, Minnesota, ...

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