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In Quest Of The Universe, 7th Edition

  • Theo Koupelis
  • ISBN-10: 144968775X
  • ISBN-13: 9781449687755
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Designed for the nonscience major, In Quest of the Universe, Seventh Edition provides a comprehensive, accessible introduction to astronomy, while taking students on an exciting trek through our solar system and beyond. Update throughout with the latest findings in this fast-paced field, the author unfolds historical and contemporary theories in astronomy to provide a clear account of how the science works. His student-friendly writing style and clear explanations acquaint students with our own solar system before moving on to the stars and distant galaxies. New Comparative Planetology boxes and data table throughout the text examine the similarities and differences in the geology, evolution, and atmospheres of all the planets in our solar system. This rich pedagogy further engages students and motivates them to think critically and develop basic reasoning skills in their studies.


  • Instructor's materials include PowerPoint Lecture Slides, PowerPoint Image Bank, Test Bank, Instructor's Manual, animations, and more.

  • The companion Web site, Starlinks, is included with every new copy of the text and includes study quizzes, Exploration Web links, animated flashcards, an online glossary, chapter outlines, a calendar of upcoming astronomical events, a guide to the constellations, and a new math review/tutor.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Quest Ahead
Chapter 2: From an Earth-Centered to a Sun-Centered System
Chapter 3: Gravity and the Rise of Modern Astronomy
Chapter 4: Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Chapter 5: Telescopes: Windows to the Universe
Chapter 6: The Earth-Moon System
Chapter 7: A Planetary Overview
Chapter 8: Terrestrial Planets
Chapter 9: The Jovian Planets
Chapter 10: Dwarf Planets and Solar System Debris
Chapter 11: The Sun
Chapter 12: Measuring the Properties of Stars
Chapter 13: Interstellar Matter and Star Formation
Chapter 14: The Lives and Deaths of Low-Mass Stars
Chapter 15: The Deaths of Massive Stars
Chapter 16: The Milky Way Galaxy
Chapter 17: A Diversity of Galaxies
Chapter 18: Cosmology: The Nature of the Universe
Chapter 19: The Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

New to this edition

  • Update throughout with the latest discoveries in the field, with new and expanded content found in each chapter.
  • Added critical thinking and problem solving exercisesare included at the end of each chapter.
  • New boxes and data tables throughout examine the similarities and differences in the geology, evolution, and atmospheres of all planets in our solar system.
  • To increase understanding and clarity, sample calculations have been added to mathematical sections