Horizons: Exploring the Universe, Enhanced,
13th Edition

Michael A. Seeds, Dana Backman, Michele Montgomery

ISBN-13: 9781305957374 | ISBN-10: 1305957377

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 572 pages

List Price USD $164.95


HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE, Enhanced Thirteenth Edition, will help you understand your place in the universe—not just your location in space but your role in the unfolding history of the physical universe. To achieve this goal, they focus on two central questions: "What Are We?" which highlights your place as a planet dweller in an evolving universe, guiding you to a better understanding of where we came from and how we formed; and "How Do We Know?" which provides insights into how science works and how the process of science can teach us more about what we are. In this edition, all end-of-chapter material is available online in the MindTap homework system, and there is a MindTap Reader version available to students.

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Meet the Authors

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Mike Seeds was a professor of physics and astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1970 until his retirement in 2001. In 1989 he received F&M College’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Mike’s love for the history of astronomy led him to create upper-level courses on archaeoastronomy and on the Copernican Revolution (“Changing Concepts of the Universe”). His research interests focused on variable stars and automation of astronomical telescopes. Mike is coauthor with Dana Backman of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 12th edition (2012); Universe: Solar Systems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage. He was senior consultant for creation of the 20-episode telecourse accompanying his book Horizons: Exploring the Universe.

Dana Backman taught in the physics and astronomy department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1991 until 2003. He invented and taught a course titled “Life in the Universe” in F&M’s interdisciplinary Foundations program. Dana now teaches introductory Solar System astronomy at Santa Clara University and introductory astronomy, astrobiology, and cosmology courses in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. His research interests focus on infrared observations of planet formation, models of debris disks around nearby stars, and evolution of the solar system’s Kuiper belt. Dana is employed by the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, as director of education and public outreach for SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Dana is coauthor with Mike Seeds of Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 14th edition (2018); Universe: Solar Systems, Stars, and Galaxies, 7th edition (2012); Stars and Galaxies, 8th edition (2013); The Solar System, 8th edition (2013); and ASTRO, 2nd edition (2013), all published by Cengage.

Since 2004, Michele M. Montgomery has been part of the physics faculty at one of the top three universities with the most undergraduate students, The University of Central Florida. She teaches introductory astronomy, astrophysics, astrobiology, galaxies and cosmology courses to large and small audiences, both face-to-face and online. At UCF, she created a Life in the Universe course that is taught each spring as a follow-up to the fall semester's astronomy course. Since 2006, she has been an adjunct professor at Valencia College, an urban college with more than 35,000 students, where she started the astronomy program at the east campus. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of AAS WOMEN, a weekly newsletter product of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA). She is a co-author on 'WOMEN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH (STEM) - Getting Ahead via the Internet' in the book 'WOMEN, WORK, AND THE WEB: HOW THE WEB CREATES ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES' BY SCARECROSS PRESS 2013. With Mike Seeds and Dana Backman, she coauthors HORIZONS HYBRID: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE 13e and UNIVERSE HYBRID: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS, AND GALAXIES, 8e and contributed to HORIZONS: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE 13e AND UNIVERSE: SOLAR SYSTEM, STARS, AND GALAXIES 7e - all published by Cengage. Dr. Montgomery earned her bachelor's degree in nuclear/mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, master's degree in physics from the University of Alabama, and Ph.D in physics from Florida Institute of Technology. Prior to her career in academia, she was a nuclear engineer for Bechtel Corporation working on projects at DOE's Savannah River Plant and TVA's Browns Ferry nuclear power plant.

  • New photos that illustrate recent astronomical events add to the text’s strong visual appeal and help to engage students’ interest in chapter content.
  • A versatile MindTap teaching and learning system is now available to support the text, providing a variety of useful resources, including assignable and gradable activities, pre- and post-learning assessments, and videos relevant to chapter material.
  • New coverage of recent astronomical events includes New Horizons studies of Pluto and its moons in summer 2015; Dawn probe studies of the asteroid/dwarf planet Ceres; a cosmological gravity wave false-alarm (a lesson about the scientific method at its best); the markedly late & low-amplitude start to the current sunspot cycle; the Thirty Meter Telescope and controversy surrounding its groundbreaking in Hawai’i, and new evidence from NASA of present-day liquid water flow on Mars.
  • End-of-chapter "Study and Review" gatefolds in each chapter include introductory material for the online tutorials, introductory material for the appropriate Virtual Astronomy labs, and "Great Debates" questions.
  • "Socratic" tutorials authored by Mike Seeds, consistent with the pedagogy and overall approach of the book, help students master the content.
  • "Concept Art portfolios" combine several ideas over two pages, providing an opportunity for students to process information visually and synthesize individual understanding. Introductions to the Concept Art two-page spreads alert students that there are a certain number of points to look for and a certain number of new terms identified in the introduction in italics and in the art spreads in bold.
  • The book’s conversational, student-friendly writing style focuses on helping students acquire an understanding of the universe rather than simply memorizing basic facts.
  • "Guided Discovery Figures" lead students through several frames of art to demonstrate processes that occur over time.
  • Chapter-opening "Guideposts" connect previous and future chapters to the "important questions" in the material to come, providing a context for the information and motivating students to read on.

Table of Contents

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1. Here and Now.
2. A User’s Guide to the Sky.
3. Cycles of the Sun and Moon.
4. The Origin of Modern Astronomy.
5. Light and Telescopes.
6. Atoms and Spectra.
7. The Sun.
8. The Family of Stars.
9. The Formation and Structure of Stars.
10. The Deaths of Stars.
11. Neutron Stars and Black Holes.
12. The Milky Way Galaxy.
13. Galaxies: Normal and Active.
14. Modern Cosmology.
15. Origin of the Solar System and Extrasolar Planets.
16. Earth and Moon: Bases for Comparative Planetology.
17. Mercury, Venus, and Mars.
18. The Outer Solar System.
19. Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets.
Part 5: LIFE.
20. Astrobiology: Life in Other Worlds.
21. Afterword.
22. Appendix A: Units and Astronomical Data.
23. Appendix B: Observing the Sky.
24. Glossary.
25. Index.

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