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A History of Modern Planetary Physics: Volume 3, The Origin of the Solar System and of the Moon from Chamberlain to Apollo: Fruitful Encounters

By: Stephen G Brush(Author)

354 pages, 41 b/w photos and illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2008 | #202966 | ISBN-13: 9780521101448
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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.



Part I. Planetesimals and Stelllar Encounters
1. Introduction
2. A geologist among astronomers: the Chamberlin-Moulton theory
3. Jeans, Jeffreys and the decline of encounter theories

Part II. Nebular Rebirth and Stellar Death
4. Introduction
5. Methodology
6. Nuclear cosmochronology and Hoyle's research programme
7. Cameron's programme
8. Isotopic anomalies and the supernova trigger

Part III. Planetogony and Plasma
9. Safronov's programme
10. The giant planets
11. Chemical cosmogony: the terrestrial planets
12. Alfven's electromagnetic programme

Part IV. Whence the Moon?
13. Introduction
14. Early history of selenogony
15. Harold Urey and the origin of the moon
16. History of modern selenogony

Reference list and citation index

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