Voyages Through the Universe, Media Update (with AceAstronomy(TM), CD-ROM, Virtual Astronomy Labs) (Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign) 3rd Edition

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"I think the strength of this text is that it is very well-written in a voice that is non-intimidating, which is very good when trying to teach, especially students without much background in science or math (like ours)."

"This text is rather unique. The authors have written in a manner that is very accessible. The typical student of today is significantly different from those of 15 or 20 years ago, and this text is a significant step toward addressing the needs of those students."

About the Author

Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College near San Francisco, where his courses are taken by about 900 students per year. He is also Director of Project ASTRO at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a national program that forms partnerships between volunteer astronomers and school teachers in their communities. From 1978 to 1992 he was Executive Director of the Society, as well as Editor of MERCURY Magazine and the UNIVERSE IN THE CLASSROOM Newsletter. He has taught astronomy and physics at San Francisco State University, Canada College, and the University of California Extension Division. He is co-author and editor of THE UNIVERSE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS and MORE UNIVERSE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, two widely used collections of astronomy teaching activities and resources. In the 1980's, he was scientific editor of THE PLANETS and THE UNIVERSE, two collections of science articles and science fiction stories. For five years he was the lead author of a nationally syndicated newspaper column on astronomy, and he appears regularly on radio and television explaining astronomical developments. With Sidney Wolff, he is co-editor of ASTRONOMY EDUCATION REVIEW, a new on-line journal/magazine for those working in space science education. ( In addition, he has organized three national symposia on teaching introductory astronomy at the college level, and over 20 national workshops on improving the way astronomy is taught in earlier grades. He has received the Annenberg Foundation Prize of the American Astronomical Society and the Klumpke-Roberts Prize of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for his contributions to the public understanding of astronomy. Asteroid 4859 was named Asteroid Fraknoi in 1992 in recognition of his work in astronomy education.

David S Morrison CA, FTIA, Barrister-at-law is senior lecturer in law in the TC Beirne School of Law, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, The University of Queensland. He holds Commerce and Laws degrees, a Masters of Financial Management, Masters of Laws, PhD and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (UQ). The author of eight books including Taxation Law - in principle, Introduction to Taxation Law, and co-author of Crutchfield's Corporate Voluntary Administration, he has published over 40 articles in refereed journals and chapters in books. Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Commerce and Taxation and member of the Assets and Ageing Research Program, Dr Morrison acknowledges the support of the Australian Research Council. David serves on various Taxation Institute of Australia committees, including the Education, Examinations and Quality Assurance Board at national level and Queensland State Council. He also serves on the Taxation Committee and the Insolvency Committee of the Business Law Section for the Law Council of Australia.

Sidney C. Wolff received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and then joined the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. During the 17 years she spent in Hawaii, the Institute for Astronomy developed Mauna Kea into the world's premier international observatory. She became Associate Director of the Institute for Astronomy in 1976 and Acting Director in 1983. During that period, she earned international recognition for her research, particularly on stellar atmospheres and how they can help us understand the evolution, formation, and composition of stars. In 1984, she was named Director of the Kitt Peak National Observatory and in 1987 became Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories. She was the first woman to head a major observatory in the United States. As Director of NOAO, she and her staff oversaw facilities used annually by nearly 1000 visiting scientists. During its early phases, she was Director of the Gemini Project, which is an international program to build two state-of-the-art 8m telescopes. She is currently on the scientific staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories where she is serving as project scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. She has served as President of the American Astronomical Society. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Carleton College, a liberal arts school that excels in science education. With Andrew Fraknoi, she is founding editor of the Astronomy Education Review, an electronic journal devoted to education in astronomy and space science. The author of more than 70 professional articles, she has written a monograph, The A-Type Stars: Problems and Perspectives, as well as several astronomy textbooks.

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Product Details

  • Series: Available 2010 Titles Enhanced Web Assign
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 3 edition (March 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495017892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495017899
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Andrew Fraknoi has devoted most of his professional career to helping students, teachers, and the public to understand more about our exploration of the universe. He is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, near San Francisco, where he teaches courses on astronomy and physics "for poets" to more than 900 students each year. He is also Senior Educator at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, an international scientific and educational organization, founded in 1889 and devoted to sharing the excitement of astronomy with the public.

From 1978 to 1992, Fraknoi was the Executive Director of the Society, and created "The Universe in the Classroom" (its newsletter for teachers) and Project ASTRO (a national) program to link volunteer astronomers with 4th - 9th grade classrooms. Family ASTRO, which he also founded, is a more recent project to bring hands-on astronomy activities and games to families around the world.

For over 25 years, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute, a scientific and educational organization devoted to the search for life elsewhere in the universe. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Board and served as one of the organizers for SETICon 2010, a national convention on the search for extra-terrestrial life in fact and fiction.

Fraknoi is the lead author of a series of non-technical introductory astronomy textbooks at the college level, the author (with the help of his son) of a children's book on astronomy, and co-editor of two books of science fact and science fiction (published in the 1980's). He is also a founding editor of "Astronomy Education Review" -- an online journal and magazine for those who teach astronomy, now published by the American Astronomical Society.

He was selected as the California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Endowment for Higher Education and received the Gemant Prize of the American Institute of Physics (also won by Stephen Hawking) for a lifetime of contributions to the popularization of physics. The International Astronomical Union has named asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi in recognition of his work in public education and outreach.

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By Kale on March 14, 2012
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I took a chance and purchased my college books from amazon this semester. I was worried about quality on the used books, but was pleasantly surprised. This book was rated as "acceptable" which doesn't sound promising, but the book is exactly that, perfectly acceptable, it is in good shape and its working for me wonderfully. Considering I saved 85% of the bookstore cost I am completely satisfied.
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This book is fascinating. It is full of the collective knowledge of scientists who have been pressing forward in the knowledge of our awesome Universe. I bought this book for a class at the University and I decided to keep the book after I finished the class to continue reading at my leisure.
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Amazon has the wrong David Morrison listed. The co-author of this text is a researcher at the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He specializes in studying near Earth asteroids.
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By skyraider on June 26, 2012
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i bought this book for my 7 years old kid.This book proved to be vey helpful as he is now very much familiar with astronomy.Written in a very easy and encouraging way.I recomend this book for everyone
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