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About the Author

Jeffrey Bennett

Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. (1981) in biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (1987) in astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school, including more than 50 college classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education. He served 2 years as a visiting senior scientist at NASA headquarters, where he created NASA's "IDEAS" program, started a program to fly teachers aboard NASA's airborne observatories (including the recently launched SOFIA observatory), and worked on numerous educational programs for the Hubble Space Telescope and other space science missions. He also proposed the idea for and helped develop both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System on the CU-Boulder campus and the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (He is pictured here with the model Sun.) In addition to this astronomy textbook, he has written college-level textbooks in astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics; two books for the general public, On the Cosmic Horizon (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2001) and Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008); and an award-winning series of children's books that includes Max Goes to the Moon, Max Goes to Mars, Max Goes to Jupiter,and Max's Ice Age Adventure. When not working, he enjoys participating in masters swimming and in the daily adventures of life with his wife, Lisa; his children, Grant and Brooke; and his dog, Cosmo. His personal Web site is www.jeffreybennett.com.

 

Megan Donahue

Megan Donahue is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. Her current research is mainly on clusters of galaxies: their contents-dark matter, hot gas, galaxies, active galactic nuclei-and what they reveal about the contents of the universe and how galaxies form and evolve. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska and received a B.A. in physics from MIT, where she began her research career as an X-ray astronomer. She has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado, for a thesis on theory and optical observations of intergalactic and intracluster gas. That thesis won the 1993 Trumpler Award from the Astronomical Society for the Pacific for an outstanding astrophysics doctoral dissertation in North America. She continued postdoctoral research in optical and X-ray observations as a Carnegie Fellow at Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California, and later as an STScI Institute Fellow at Space Telescope. Megan was a staff astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute until 2003, when she joined the MSU faculty. Megan is married to Mark Voit, and they collaborate on many projects, including this textbook and the raising of their children, Michaela, Sebastian, and Angela. Between the births of Sebastian and Angela, Megan qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon. These days, Megan runs, orienteers, and plays piano and bass guitar whenever her children allow it.

 

Nicholas Schneider

Nicholas Schneider is an associate professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado and a researcher in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. He received his B.A. in physics and astronomy from Dartmouth College in 1979 and his Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona in 1988. In 1991, he received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award. His research interests include planetary atmospheres and planetary astronomy, with a focus on the odd case of Jupiter's moon Io. He enjoys teaching at all levels and is active in efforts to improve undergraduate astronomy education. Off the job, he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family and figuring out how things work.

 

Mark Voit

Mark Voit is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. He earned his B.A. in astrophysical sciences at Princeton University and his Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Colorado in 1990. He continued his studies at the California Institute of Technology, where he was a research fellow in theoretical astrophysics, and then moved on to Johns Hopkins University as a Hubble Fellow. Before going to Michigan State, Mark worked in the Office of Public Outreach

at the Space Telescope, where he developed museum exhibitions about the Hubble Space Telescope and was the scientist behind NASA’s Hubble Site. His research interests range from interstellar processes in our own galaxy to the clustering of galaxies in the early universe. He is married to coauthor Megan Donahue, and they try to play outdoors with their three children whenever possible, enjoying hiking, camping, running, and orienteering. Mark is also author of the popular book Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 6 edition (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321715365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321715364
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. in Biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His extensive experience in research and education includes serving two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC; creating research and education projects for the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA missions; proposing and helping to develop the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC; and teaching at every level from preschool through graduate school. He is the author of best-selling college textbooks in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics, as well as author of three books for the general public (On the Cosmic Horizon, Beyond UFOs, and Math for Life) and of the award-winning children's books Max Goes to the Moon, Max Goes to Mars, Max Goes to Jupiter, and The Wizard Who Saved the World. For more information, visit www.jeffreybennett.com.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lokana on January 11, 2013
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I purchased this book as it was required for my class. I also required the access code to the Mastering Astronomy website. As best I can tell, this access code only comes comes with it when you order the format "Paperback, January 6, 2011". I had assumed that if buying new, all of them would come with the code and I wasn't clear on what the difference is. The only way I figured out that the higher priced one comes with the access code is that it shows up in the title after you select that format. I didn't find this out until realizing the format I ordered didn't come with it and looked at the different formats to find out why. The formats really should have been labeled more clearly, like "Paperback, with access codes" rather than an unclear "Paperback, January 6, 2011". Honestly I'm not even sure what that is supposed to mean.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hmares on January 19, 2013
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I bought this book thinking it was going to come with the access code as titled. It's a requirement for my class. It didn't come with the book and now I gotta pay an extra 50$ buying it. Misleading title.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erica Warfield on January 16, 2013
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I rented this book off of Amazon believing that it would come with the access code as well, but after talking to customer service I was told that it in fact does not. It does not say this anywhere on the product page, and it turned out to be majorly inconvenient. Having known I was ordering just the book, I would have simply bought a used copy from the school bookstore instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ervin on January 21, 2014
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The book itself is fine, an excellent text book. However, it WILL NOT come with the access code unless you select the proper version of it. I (and many others) didn't notice this until it was too late. However, Amazon refunded me the cost of the book so I could get the correct edition and I'm told they're fixing their product descriptions of it now to warn users of this. So, no harm, no foul! Thanks Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy O. on December 16, 2013
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Be aware you DO NOT get the needed code with a rental. It had to be purchased separately, and it cost us another $70 through my daughter's school to get it. It was still cheaper in all with the book rental, but the info on this is very misleading as it states "with e-text access." This is simply false and left her scrambling at the last minute to get the online access.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip Cook on September 29, 2012
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It came without the electronic part that it promised. It was physically in the title that it had the eText and everything but it did not have it so I had to spend an extra 50 dollars to get it and I ended up spending more than the price of it new.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mo on January 11, 2014
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No access code included. Returning. So disappointed. Now I have to buy a different book or purchase access code separately. Very upset.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shayu on May 4, 2013
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This course is okay. I took it online and if your not the type of person that studies than you might want to take this class on campus. I am not a science major. This was an elective if that's what they call it. so I would recommend this class to a science major or some one that want to learn about the make up of the universe. The course is interesting and straight forward.
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