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Astronomy: The Human Quest for Understanding

Dale Ostlie

August 2022

ISBN: 9780198825838

912 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

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Price: £39.95

This introductory astronomy textbook is aimed at undergraduates across a range of disciplines. It encourages the development of vital science-based critical-thinking skills, and outlines our present-day understanding of our universe and the profound questions still to be answered in this ancient, yet rapidly changing field.

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This introductory astronomy textbook is aimed at undergraduates across a range of disciplines. It encourages the development of vital science-based critical-thinking skills, and outlines our present-day understanding of our universe and the profound questions still to be answered in this ancient, yet rapidly changing field.

  • Develops critical thinking skills throughout the text to help students learn to distinguish between false claims that derive from faulty evidence or conjecture and verifiable statements based on expert research and study
  • Emphasises the crucial role of science and its integration into modern society
  • Strives to prompt curiosity in the reader, by demonstrating that our understanding of the universe is far from complete
  • Features some basic mathematics, together with interpretive language, and supplemented with numerous examples
  • Additional tutorials are provided on the book's companion website
  • Features end-of-chapter exercises to reinforce learning and embed understanding
  • Solutions manual available on request from the OUP website

About the Author(s)

Dale Ostlie, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Weber State University

Professor Ostlie earned his BA degree from St. Olaf College in 1977 and his PhD in theoretical astrophysics from Iowa State University in 1982. Following a two-year position at Bates College, Ostlie went to Weber State University in 1984, where he remained until his retirement in 2014. Along with teaching astronomy, physics, and mathematics courses, Ostlie conducted research in stellar pulsation theory, served as Chair of the Physics Department and Dean of the College of Science. Ostlie also co-authored a highly successful introductory astrophysics textbook with WSU colleague, Bradley W. Carroll. Ostlie continues an active career in textbook writing today.

Table of Contents

    I The Process of Science Through the Lens of Astronomy
    1:The Nature of Science
    2:The Heavens: A Realm of Mystery
    3:On the Path Toward Modern Science
    4:The Copernican Revolution
    5:Sir Isaac Newton's Universe
    6:The Universality of Physical Law
    7:Revealing Secrets Hidden in Light and Matter
    8:Modern Physics: New Science to Study the Universe
    II The Sun, Our Solar System, and Exoplanets
    9:The Sun, Our Parent Star
    10:An Overview of the Solar System
    11:The Rocky Planets and Our Moon
    12:The Giant Planet Systems
    13:Dwarf Planets and Small Bodies
    14:Planets Everywhere and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
    III Stars and the Universe Beyond
    15:Measuring the Stars
    16:The Lives of Stars
    17:The End of a Stellar Life
    18:Galaxies Galore
    19:The Once and Future Universe
    Appendices

Reviews

"Dale Ostlie has wonderfully redefined what knowledge of the physical universe an introductory textbook on astronomy should convey." - Simon Mitton, St Edmund's College Cambridge

"Ostlie presents an interesting approach to introductory astronomy and one that will help students better learn and understand not just astronomy, but how science in general works as well." - Aaron Grocholski, American University, Washington DC

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