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  • 215 b/w illus. 70 tables 60 exercises
  • Page extent: 608 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 0.95 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.2
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QB500.5 .M87 1999
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Solar system
    • Celestial mechanics

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521575973 | ISBN-10: 0521575974)

The Solar System is a complex and fascinating dynamical system. This is the first textbook to describe comprehensively the dynamical features of the Solar System and to provide students with all the mathematical tools and physical models they need to understand how it works. It is a benchmark publication in the field of planetary dynamics and destined to become a classic. Clearly written and well illustrated, Solar System Dynamics shows how a basic knowledge of the two- and three-body problems and perturbation theory can be combined to understand features as diverse as the tidal heating of Jupiter's moon Io, the origin of the Kirkwood gaps in the asteroid belt, and the radial structure of Saturn's rings. Problems at the end of each chapter and a free Internet Mathematica® software package are provided. Solar System Dynamics provides an authoritative textbook for courses on planetary dynamics and celestial mechanics. It also equips students with the mathematical tools to tackle broader courses on dynamics, dynamical systems, applications of chaos theory and non-linear dynamics.

• The first comprehensive textbook on the dynamics of the Solar System • Written by two of the leading figures in the field • Includes a host of carefully tested problems and a free Internet Mathematica® software package (see - solutions to the problems also are included on this Website)


Preface; 1. Structure of the solar system; 2. The two-body problem; 3. The restricted three-body problem; 4. Tides, rotation and shape; 5. Spin-orbit coupling; 6. The disturbing function; 7. Secular perturbations; 8. Resonant perturbations; 9. Chaos and long-term evolution; 10. Planetary rings; Appendix A. Solar system data; Appendix B. Expansion of the disturbing function; Index.


'The need for a new and exhaustive book in solar system dynamics is wonderfully met by [this] text … stimulating, well-written, and informative, it discusses in a masterly way every significant and exciting recent development in the subject. The authors' crystal-clear exposition … is greatly helped by the inclusion of the necessary classical background... [and] cleverly constructed problems … [this] book will undoubtedly take its place with previously acknowledged leaders in its field. It will become indispensable to undergraduate and postgraduate students and to the serious researcher.' Archie E. Roy, University of Glasgow

' … achieves the seemingly impossible by taking us from the first historical formulations … through to the [latest] advances proferred … A well written and indexed book; an 'absolute must' for any graduate student and researcher in Solar System and Planetary Studies'. J. A. M. McDonnell, University of Kent, Canterbury

'Solar System Dynamics is excellent reading for anyone who wants to learn how meteorites get to Earth, why Mercury spins 3 times for each 2 orbits, and how Io's volcanism is powered. I plan to adopt it for my course on planetary physics. Peter Goldreich, California Institute of Technology

' … the first textbook to describe the powerful new analytic and numerical methods in planetary dynamics, and one of the most important textbooks in this field in several decades. It will be read by every serious student of solar system dynamics.' Scott Tremaine, Princeton University

' … a lucid textbook and a comprehensive reference … An authoritative work of this type is long overdue and this one should remain a classic in the field for years to come.' Donald K. Yeomans, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

' … likely to become the standard graduate-level text in this field. I wish I'd had it when I started out in solar system dynamics.' Martin J. Duncan, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

'This book beautifully bridges the gap between the old and the new celestial mechanics …'. Brian G. Marsden, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

'If you want to know (literally) what's rockin' and rollin' in the solar system, this is the book … refreshingly clear and understandable.' Carolyn C. Porco, University of Arizona, Tucson

'This is a first class text book and a thought provoking reference source.' Peter Mata, Spaceflight

'The subject of planetary dynamics will greatly benefit from the publication of Murray and Dermott's textbook.' Irish Astronomical Journal

'… a benchmark publication in the field of planetary dynamics and destined to become a classic'. Europe & Astronomy

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