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The Cosmic Perspective The Solar System

ISBN: 9780134073811 | 0134073819
Edition: 8th
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pearson
Pub. Date: 1/7/2016

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For two-semester courses in astronomy.


Teaching the Process of Science through Astronomy

Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System, Eighth Edition provides a thoroughly engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science majors. This text offers a wealth of features that enhance student understanding of the process of science and actively engage students in the learning process for key concepts. The fully updated Eighth Edition includes the latest scientific discoveries, revises several subjects based on our most current understanding of the cosmos, and now emphasizes deeper understanding of the twists and turns of the process of science and the relevance of concepts to student’s lives.


The text is supported by a robust package of instructor and student ancillaries, including MasteringAstronomy. This market-leading online tutorial and homework system has been updated with new content that helps students learn and review more effectively outside of class.


  • The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System, Eighth Edition includes Chapters 1–13, 14, S1, 24.

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