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A History of Modern Planetary Physics
Fruitful Encounters

Volume 3. The Origin of the Solar System and of the Moon from Chamberlain to Apollo

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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521101448


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  • The early twentieth century saw the replacement of the Nebular Hypothesis with the Chamberlin-Moulton theory that the solar system resulted from the encounter of the Sun with a passing star. Fruitful Encounters follows the eventual refutation of the encounter theory and the subsequent revival of a modernized Nebular Hypothesis. Professor Brush also discusses the role of findings from the Apollo space program, especially the analysis of lunar samples, culminating in the establishment of the "giant impact" theory of the Moon's origin in the 1980s.

    • Includes the results of the space program and the recent changes in the ideas about the origin of the Moon
    • Writing is accessible to non-specialist readers
    • Covers theories about the origin of the solar system most comprehensively
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a major work, large in scope and splendid in execution....This will be a standard work for a long time to come." Curtis Wilson, Physics Today

    "The three-volume A History of Modern Planetary Physics by Stephen G. Brush is a amjor work, large in scope and splendidin execution....Brush's account of many of the episodes is enhanced by his personal correspondence with the scientists involved....Brush's workmanlike and probingly thoughtful. This will be a standard work for a long time to come." Physics Today

    "Fruitful Encounters excellent reference for instructors presenting historical material on the origin of the solar system..." Arnold M. Heiser, Science Books & Films

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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521101448
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Planetesimals and Stelllar Encounters:
    1. Introduction
    2. A geologist among astronomers: the Chamberlin-Moulton theory
    3. Jeans, Jeffreys and the decline of encounter theories
    Part II. Nebular Rebirth and Stellar Death:
    4. Introduction
    5. Methodology
    6. Nuclear cosmochronology and Hoyle's research programme
    7. Cameron's programme
    8. Isotopic anomalies and the supernova trigger
    Part III. Planetogony and Plasma:
    9. Safronov's programme
    10. The giant planets
    11. Chemical cosmogony: the terrestrial planets
    12. Alfvén's electromagnetic programme
    Part IV. Whence the Moon?
    13. Introduction
    14. Early history of selenogony
    15. Harold Urey and the origin of the moon
    16. History of modern selenogony
    Reference list and citation index

  • Author

    Stephen G. Brush, University of Maryland, College Park

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