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The Essential Cosmic Perspective, Seventh Edition gives non-science majors a streamlined, cutting edge introduction to astronomy built on a strong tradition of effective pedagogy and coverage. Focus on skill building includes new group work exercises that require active participation, helping you to retain concepts longer and build communication skills. MasteringAstronomy® works with the text to create a learning program that enables you to learn interactively both in and out of the classroom.
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Personalize learning with MasteringAstronomy: MasteringAstronomy provides you with engaging and interactive experiences that coach you through introductory astronomy with specific wrong-answer feedback, hints, and a wide variety of educationally effective content. Gain a modern understanding of astronomy with the latest content: Since the previous edition, new discoveries about Exoplanets, planetary formation, dark matter, and the early universe have had a significant impact on our understanding of astronomy. The Seventh Edition incorporates this new content to give you a modern presentation of the science. Learn effectively: Better understand astronomy with a clear and continually reinforced learning path from chapter opening to end of chapter using dynamic learning tools in the text and in MasteringAstronomy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This text is quite comprehensive and suitable for an introductory astronomy course. The concepts are presented clearly, with plenty of visual aids. The book is written for a non-STEM audience but it does include content called "Mathematical Insights" that is separated from the main material so it may be utilized or not depending on the instructor's approach. The math does not include trig or calculus so it is approachable by any student who is familiar with basic algebra-level skills.
There is a later edition of this book: https://www.amazon.com/Cosmic-Perspective-8th-Jeffrey-Bennett/dp/0134059069/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470002872&sr=8-1&keywords=cosmic+perspective+8th+edition so make sure that you are purchasing the correct edition required for your class. The 7th edition mentions things like the New Horizons mission that have since arrived at its destination. This book still has value and will stay on my shelf as a reference.
Rip off. Even though clearly advertised as including access card, it did not have one. I could have bought the book alone for half the price. I should have read the reviews.
I would rate book 4/5 due to the poor quality of the paperback cover, but the information in the book is so good I have to rate it a 5/5. I wish this book was a hardcover because I'm planning on keeping it the rest of my life, but the paperback cover quality is very poor. The quality of the pages and ink are very good though. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in our universe.
Anyways, I used this textbook for my Introduction to Astronomy course. This textbook is great in explaining concepts with only basic math (for a simple derivation of Einstein's Special Relativity, you only need to remember highschool geometry). The 1st chapter of the book is absolutely mindblowing as it ventures into the vast scale of the universe. The 3rd chapter, which address the nature of science, is well-written to give you a feel for how the scientific method works (everyone should read this section because there are so many misconceptions about the scientific method). The...
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