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Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition

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監督 : Alex Filippenko: Univ.California Berkeley.
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制作国 : USA
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Who has not gazed with wonder at the night sky? The great canopy of stars stretching overhead suggests that our world is part of a vastly larger cosmos. But how large is it? Where do we fit in? And how did it all begin?

These questions have puzzled stargazers for thousands of years, and the search for answers helped spark the great advances of the Scientific Revolution in the 16th and 17th centuries. But only in our own time has the full picture of the true immensity, variety, and surpassing strangeness of the Universe come into focus.


Explore Everything There Is in 96 Lectures


Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition is a nontechnical description of where that picture stands today. In 96 richly illustrated half-hour lectures, you survey the main concepts, methods, and discoveries in astronomy—in depth—from the constellations drawn by the ancients, to the latest reports from planetary probes in our Solar System, to the most recent images offered by telescopes probing the farthest frontiers of space and time.

These lectures fully update Professor Alex Filippenko's 1998 edition of this course and his companion course from 2003. All of the material in this course is integrated so that one topic builds on another as you develop the conceptual tools that allow you to explore the Universe. For example, the study of the Solar System leads naturally to the investigation of planets around other stars and the possibility of life elsewhere in the cosmos. Likewise, rainbows and similar atmospheric phenomena introduce the subject of light, and light is the key to unraveling the mysteries of stars and galaxies.

Dr. Filippenko uses thousands of diagrams and photographs. There are almost 300 short movies and computer animations that make astronomical phenomena easier to understand, and they put planets, stars, and galaxies into context as you zoom through the cosmos. A showman in the classroom, Dr. Filippenko delights in simple, easily reproducible demonstrations that use tennis balls, apples, paper plates, and other objects to explain scientific concepts. Furthermore, he has a gift for analogies: At one point, he makes the energy content of one erg vivid by comparing it to one fly doing one push-up!

Altogether, this course is an unrivaled opportunity to experience a full-year introductory college course on astronomy, delivered by a five-time winner of "Best Professor" on campus at the University of California, Berkeley, who himself is a leading participant in some of the groundbreaking discoveries at the forefront of the field. Dr. Filippenko is both a world-class teacher and researcher: In 2006 he was named one of four national Professors of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and in 1998 his international team of astronomers was credited with the top "science breakthrough of the year" for their amazing discovery that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up—a finding that is now shaking the foundations of physics.

96 Lectures

    1A Grand Tour of the Cosmos
    2The Rainbow Connection
    3Sunrise, Sunset
    4Bright Objects in the Night Sky
    5Fainter Phenomena in the Night Sky
    6Our Sky through Binoculars and Telescopes
    7The Celestial Sphere
    8The Reason for the Seasons
    9Lunar Phases and Eerie Lunar Eclipses
    10Glorious Total Solar Eclipses
    11More Eclipse Tales
    12Early Studies of the Solar System
    13The Geocentric Universe
    14Galileo and the Copernican Revolution
    15Refinements to the Heliocentric Model
    16On the Shoulders of Giants
    17Surveying Space and Time
    18Scale Models of the Universe
    19Light—The Supreme Informant
    20The Wave-Particle Duality of Light
    21The Colors of Stars
    22The Fingerprints of Atoms
    23Modern Telescopes
    24A Better Set of Eyes
    25Our Sun, the Nearest Star
    26The Earth, Third Rock from the Sun
    27Our Moon, Earth's Nearest Neighbor
    28Mercury and Venus
    29Of Mars and Martians
    30Jupiter and Its Amazing Moons
    31Magnificent Saturn
    32Uranus and Neptune, the Small Giants
    33Pluto and Its Cousins
    34Asteroids and Dwarf Planets
    35Comets—Gorgeous Primordial Snowballs
    36Catastrophic Collisions
    37The Formation of Planetary Systems
    38The Quest for Other Planetary Systems
    39Extra-Solar Planets Galore!
    40Life Beyond the Earth
    41The Search for Extraterrestrials
    42Special Relativity and Interstellar Travel
    43Stars—Distant Suns
    44The Intrinsic Brightnesses of Stars
    45The Diverse Sizes of Stars
    46Binary Stars and Stellar Masses
    47Star Clusters, Ages, and Remote Distances
    48How Stars Shine—Nature's Nuclear Reactors
    49Solar Neutrinos—Probes of the Sun's Core
    50Brown Dwarfs and Free-Floating Planets
    51Our Sun's Brilliant Future
    52White Dwarfs and Nova Eruptions
    53Exploding Stars—Celestial Fireworks!
    54White Dwarf Supernovae—Stealing to Explode
    55Core-Collapse Supernovae—Gravity Wins
    56The Brightest Supernova in Nearly 400 Years
    57The Corpses of Massive Stars
    58Einstein's General Theory of Relativity
    59Warping of Space and Time
    60Black Holes—Abandon Hope, Ye Who Enter
    61The Quest for Black Holes
    62Imagining the Journey to a Black Hole
    63Wormholes—Gateways to Other Universes?
    64Quantum Physics and Black-Hole Evaporation
    65Enigmatic Gamma-Ray Bursts
    66Birth Cries of Black Holes
    67Our Home—The Milky Way Galaxy
    68Structure of the Milky Way Galaxy
    69Other Galaxies—"Island Universes"
    70The Dark Side of Matter
    71Cosmology—The Really Big Picture
    72Expansion of the Universe and the Big Bang
    73Searching for Distant Galaxies
    74The Evolution of Galaxies
    75Active Galaxies and Quasars
    76Cosmic Powerhouses of the Distant Past
    77Supermassive Black Holes
    78Feeding the Monster
    79The Paradox of the Dark Night Sky
    80The Age of the Universe
    81When Geometry Is Destiny
    82The Mass Density of the Universe
    83Einstein's Biggest Blunder?
    84The Afterglow of the Big Bang
    85Ripples in the Cosmic Background Radiation
    86The Stuff of the Cosmos
    87Dark Energy—Quantum Fluctuations?
    88Dark Energy—Quintessence?
    89Grand Unification & Theories of Everything
    90Searching for Hidden Dimensions
    91The Shape, Size, and Fate of the Universe
    92In the Beginning
    93The Inflationary Universe
    94The Ultimate Free Lunch?
    95A Universe of Universes
    96Reflections on Life and the Cosmos



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