Books

all of them are about astronomy


The Cosmic Perspective

One of Mark’s greatest privileges has been to co-author this textbook series with partners Jeff Bennett, Nick Schneider, and Megan Donahue.

Now in its 9th edition, this book is the big one, suitable for a two-semester course.


The Essential Cosmic Perspective

This shorter version of the big book is more suitable for one-semester courses that cover the whole universe. We use it here at Michigan State University. It’s now in its 8th edition. The 9th edition will be published in 2021.


The Cosmic Perspective: Fundamentals

This version is for instructors seeking a short textbook that covers all the major topics in astronomy in less than 300 pages. It is now in its third edition.


The Solar System

This book, a subset of the two-semester version, is designed for a one-semester course focusing on Sun, planets, and moons of our solar system.

Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology

Another subset of the two-semester version, designed for a one-semester course covering the universe beyond our solar system.


Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe

This book of Hubble photographs was prepared as a companion book to the traveling Smithsonian exhibition of the same name. 

There’s also a French-language version, translated by Marc Voline.


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