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A History of Modern Planetary Physics

A History of Modern Planetary Physics
Nebulous Earth
3 Volume Hardback set

Volume 1. The Origin of the Solar System and the Core of the Earth from Laplace to Jeffreys

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  • Date Published: August 1997
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2007
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521552158

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  • The early twentieth century saw the replacement of the Nebular Hypothesis with the Chamberlain-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.

    • No other book covers theories about the origin of the solar system as comprehensively
    • Writing is accessible to non-specialist readers
    • Includes the results of the space program and the recent changes in the ideas about the origin of the Moon
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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 book is replete with references and personal accounts from more recent workers....This major work of reference should be in all university and public libraries, as well as in departmental science libraries. It will remain an important document as long as planetary science is practiced." Stuart Ross Taylor, Nature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1997
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521552158
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 162 x 56 mm
    • weight: 1.768kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2007
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Nebular Birth and Heat Death:
    1. Introduction
    2. The founders: Laplace and Herschel
    3. Followers and critics
    4. The Nebular Hypothesis and the evolutionary worldview
    5. Thermodynamics and the cooling earth
    6. Saturn's rings
    7. Revisions of the Nebular Hypothesis 1860-1885
    8. Poincaré and cosmic evolution
    9. The Nebular Hypothesis in the 20th Century
    Part II. Inside the Earth:
    10. Introduction
    11. 19th Century debates: solid, liquid, or gas?
    12. Discovery of the core
    13. Chemical history of the core
    14. Theories of geomagnetic secular variation.

  • Author

    Stephen G. Brush, University of Maryland, College Park

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