The General History of Astronomy: Volume 2, Planetary Astronomy from the Renaissance to the Rise of Astrophysics (Vol 2)

By: Taton, René [Editor]; Wilson, Curtis [Editor]; Hoskin, Michael [Editor];

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Part B of Planetary Astronomy from the Renaissance to the Rise of Astrophysics continues the history of celestial mechanics and observational discovery through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It provides a synoptic view of the main developments and furnishes details about the lives, ideas, and interactions of the various astronomers involved. Twelve different authors have contributed their expertise to this book that begins with the reception of Newton's inverse-square law. In the remainder, a large place is given to the development of the mathematical theory of celestial mechanics from Clairaut and Euler to LeVerrier, Newcomb, Hill, and Poincare. This emphasis is balanced by other chapters on observational discoveries and the rapprochement of observation and theory (for instance, the discovery of Uranus and the asteroids, use of Venus transits to refine solar parallax, introduction of the method of least squares, and the development of planetary and satellite ephemerides). Lists of "Further Reading" provide entree to the literature of the several topics. This book will be of great interest to historians of science and astronomers.

Title: The General History of Astronomy: Volume 2, Planetary Astronomy from the Renaissance to the Rise of Astrophysics (Vol 2)

Author Name: Taton, René [Editor]; Wilson, Curtis [Editor]; Hoskin, Michael [Editor];

Categories: Astronomy,

Publisher: Cambridge University Press: 1995-08-25

ISBN Number: 0521351685

ISBN Number 13: 9780521351683

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

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