A History of Modern Planetary Physics
Transmuted Past Transmuted Past - The Age of the Earth and Evolution of the Elements from Lyell to Patterson v.2
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. The three volumes that together make up A History of Modern Planetary Physics present a survey of these theories. The age of the Earth has been one of the most disputed numbers in science since the seventeenth century. Transmuted Past follows the development of theories of stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis in the twentieth century and describes radiometric methods for estimating the age of the Earth. Professor Brush also offers perspectives on the changing reputation of planetary science relative to the 'pure' sciences, such as physics, and a comparison of history and geology as ways of studying the past.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521552134
(228mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen G. Brush
Making 20th Century Science, Hardback (May 2015)
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 3, The Origin of the Solar System and of the Moon from Chamberlain to Apollo, Paperback (December 2008)
Fruitful Encounters surveys the development of theories of the origin of the solar system in the twentieth century.
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)» View all books by Stephen G. Brush
Transmuted Past summarizes the attempts to estimate the age of the Earth during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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