Jay Pasachoff and Alex Filippenko combine extensive research
experience, teaching experience, and textbook-writing experience to
offer a book that is unparalleled in its ability to present the
latest science in a way that students can understand. This brief,
beautifully illustrated text - one of the briefest available for
the course - offers concise coverage of a wide range of
astronomical topics. The authors have struck a balance between the
fundamental concepts and the exciting topics at the forefront of
astronomy, conveying the spirit of contemporary astronomy within a
big picture context. The authors emphasize the central theme of
origins in this text, first by singling out specifics in the
headings of each chapter and then by dealing with a variety of
relevant material in the text itself. An early discussion of the
scientific method stresses an importance on the verification of
observations, and sets the stage for the text's consistent focus on
astronomy as a science.
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