Michael Zeilik

Part I. Changing Conceptions of the Cosmos
1. From chaos to cosmos
2. The birth of cosmological models
3. The new cosmic order
4. The clockwork universe
5. The birth of astrophysics
6. Telescopes and our insight to the cosmos
7. Einsteinís vision
Part II. The Planets: Past and Present
8. The earth: an evolving planet
9. Moon and Mercury, Mars and Venus: terrestrial planets
10. The Jovian planets: primitive worlds
11. The origin and evolution of the solar system
Part III. The Universe of Stars
12. Our sun: local star
13. The stars as suns
14. Starbirth and interstellar matter
15. Star lives
16. Star death
Part IV. Galaxies and Cosmic Evolution
17. The evolution of the galaxy
18. The universe of galaxies
19. Cosmic violence
20. Cosmic history

Astronomy: The Evolving Universe (9th edition)

Thoroughly updated and re-conceived, Astronomy, Ninth Edition, equips the introductory astronomy student with the essential tools for understanding the cosmos. Michael Zeilik has revised the pedagogy of his successful textbook based on recent research in astronomy education.

Significantly shorter than the previous edition, the ninth edition is organized into four concept clusters: Cosmic Distances, Heavenly Motions, Celestial Light and Spectra, and Scientific Models. Material has been streamlined throughout to make the descriptions, concepts, and explanations clearer.

Each chapter ends with a concise summary of the concepts in each cluster. Each chapter contains at least one Celestial Navigator, a concept map that provides a visual guide of major concepts in the chapter and explicity shows their connections. Throughout, illustrations have been updated to be clearer and more understandable to the novice student.


"...provides a clearly written introduction to astronomy for undergraduates or interested novices. It is recommended for undergraduate science collections, as well as public libraries providing continuing education resources in the sciences." E-Streams

"The science is accurate and presented in a logical sequence, with concepts stressed more than vocabulary. The photos and figures have been thoughtfully selected and generously sized, and the prose is written in an engagingly colloquial style.... The text continually explains the significance of what the reader is studying.... anyone seeking a good descriptive overview of astronomy at the dawn of the 21st century should certainly consider using this excellent book." Science Books and Films

Selected Works

Interactive Lesson Guide for Astronomy: Cooperative Learning Activities, 2nd edition
Another quality product in the Active Learning Astronomy Series
Insights into the Universe (2003)
Edited by Timothy F. Slater and Michael Zeilik. This book is a collection of AstroNotes columns and related articles from The Physics Teacher.
Astronomy: The Evolving Universe (9th edition)
Revised and streamlined, this edition features materials based on astronomy education research.
Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics (4th edition)
A classic revised and updated with co-author Steve Gregory.

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