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ISBN-13 9780321598189ISBN-10 0321598180
ISBN-10 0321566955ISBN-13 9780321566959
Author(s): Jeffrey Bennett; Megan Donahue; Nicholas Schneider; Mark Voit
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 368

The Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals is the briefest introduction to astronomy in the Bennett series. It is designed to engage students and motivate them to learn about astronomy and scientific inquiry. 

  • Topical Coverage is focused on topics that students are curious about and that are most requested by faculty, such as extrasolar planets, the search for life in the universe, black holes, and dark matter and energy.

  • The Process of Science is emphasized throughout the text,and each chapter has a full section devoted to exploring a case study on how the process of science has helped astronomers learn more about the topics in a given chapter.

  • Active Learning is encouraged throughout the text. In-text “Think About It” questions prompt students to think more deeply about the material as they read. See It for Yourself questions encourage students to perform simple astronomy-related activities.

  • This text covers the key topics found in other one-semester astronomy books, but treats them with less detail, giving professors the opportunity to supplement the book with outside readings, articles, videos, and activities of their choice.

    For those professors concerned about the price of textbooks, The Cosmic Perspective Fundamentals is the most affordable book on the market, without sacrificing the quality of its content or art program. 

    CourseSmart textbooks do not include any media or print supplements that come packaged with the bound book.