A History of Modern Planetary Physics
Nebulous Earth The Origin of the Solar System and the Core of the Earth from LaPlace to Jeffreys v.1
By (author) Stephen G. Brush
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History of Modern Planetary Physics by Stephen G. Brush
Book DescriptionWhere 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. Did the Earth and other planets form as a by-product of a natural process that formed the Sun? Did the solar system come into being as the result of catastrophic encounter of two stars? Is the inside of the Earth solid, liquid or gaseous? The three volumes that make up A History of Modern Planetary Physics present a survey of these theories. Nebulous Earth follows the development of the nineteenth-century's most popular explanation for the origin of the solar system, Laplace's Nebular Hypothesis. This theory supposes that a flattened mass of gas extending beyond Neptune's orbit cooled and shrank, throwing off in the process successive rings that in time coalesced to form several planets.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521441711
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen G. Brush
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A large-scale historical look at the implementation of the scientific method, and how scientific theories come to be accepted.
History of Modern Planetary Physics: Volume 1, The Origin of the Solar System and the Core of the Earth from LaPlace to Jeffreys, Paperback (January 2009)
Nebulous Earth follows the development of the nineteenth-century's most popular explanation for the origin of the solar system, Laplace's Nebular Hypothesis.
History of Modern Planetary Physics: Volume 2, The Age of the Earth and the Evolution of the Elements from Lyell to Patterson, Paperback (December 2008)
Transmuted Past summarizes the attempts to estimate the age of the Earth during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
History of Modern Planetary Physics: Volume 3, The Origin of the Solar System and of the Moon from Chamberlain to Apollo, Paperback (December 2008)» View all books by Stephen G. Brush
Fruitful Encounters surveys the development of theories of the origin of the solar system in the twentieth century.
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