A A History of Modern Planetary Physics 3 Volume Hardback set A History of Modern Planetary Physics: The Origin of the Solar System and of the Moon from Chamberlain to Apollo Volume 3 (Hardback)
  • A A History of Modern Planetary Physics 3 Volume Hardback set A History of Modern Planetary Physics: The Origin of the Solar System and of the Moon from Chamberlain to Apollo Volume 3 (Hardback)
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A A History of Modern Planetary Physics 3 Volume Hardback set A History of Modern Planetary Physics: The Origin of the Solar System and of the Moon from Chamberlain to Apollo Volume 3 (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 26/04/1996
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Where did we come from? Before there was life there had to be something to live on - a planet, a solar system. During the past 200 years, astronomers and geologists have developed and tested several different theories about the origin of the solar system and the nature of the Earth. Together, the three volumes that make up A History of Modern Planetary Physics present a survey of these theories. 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 modernised Nebular Hypothesis. Professor Brush also discusses the role of findings from the Apollo space programme, especially the analysis of lunar samples, culminating in the establishment, in the 1980s, of the 'giant impact' theory of the Moon's origin.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521552141
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 690 g
Dimensions: 234 x 21 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: '... can be highly recommended as a reference on the history of plantogonies.' Meteorite
Review of the hardback: 'These three volumes give a very interesting overview of the historic development of theories beginning with the 17th century and ending in the 1980s, which have led to our present day understanding of the possible processes that have been involved in the formation of our solar system including Earth.' Geological Society Journal
"...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 text...is workmanlike and probingly thoughtful. This will be a standard work for a long time to come." Physics Today
"Fruitful Encounters is...an excellent reference for instructors presenting historical material on the origin of the solar system..." Arnold M. Heiser, Science Books & Films

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