In Quest of the Universe (Jones and Bartlett Titles in Physical Science)
Designed for the nonscience major, In Quest of the Universe, Sixth Edition, is a comprehensive, student-friendly introduction to astronomy. This accessible text guides readers through the development of historical and current astronomical theories to provide a clear account of how science works. Koupelis' distinct explanations acquaint students with their own solar system before moving on to the stars and distant galaxies. This flexible approach allows instructors to arrange the modules to fit their own course needs. With numerous interactive learning tools, the Starry Night planetary software package, and stunning visuals and up-to-date content, In Quest with the Universe, Sixth Edition is an exciting overview of this ever-changing discipline.
Includes Free Starry Night Pro Software!
By Jeremy Benson - September 21, 2010
I bought this book for an Astronomy class I'm taking. I've been interested in astronomy since I was little so to be honest, the class is 95% review for me, and so I haven't actually had to use the book much yet. What I have used and LOVE is the included Starry Night software. I knew the book came with software, but I didn't realize until I opened it that it includes the full version of Starry Night Pro, which sells on it's own for $150. This is one of the top of the line software packages for viewing astronomical simulations, as well as remotely controlling most motor driven telescopes. I had already been planning to purchase this software eventually to run my new go-to 'scope anyway, so any feelings of uncertainty at shelling out the money for a book I knew I'd barely use completely dissapeared when I saw that the full program is included. At first I figured it must be a trail or student version, but I've been using it for over a month now and it is the full and complete... read more
By Westward Bound "WB" - March 24, 2013
Most textbooks are a waste of hard-earned money. Not this one. Yes, it's technical and science-geeky, but in a way that non-astronomy majors can understand. Topics are clearly written and explained. The CD is a nice bonus, but it's understandable without it.
By Bobbye - January 20, 2013
This is a required class book. I would recommend checking out your books and school supplies here. You might find them cheaper here.