By Jean-Louis Tassoul,Monique Tassoul
This booklet offers a finished assessment of the background of rules concerning the solar and the celebs, from antiquity to fashionable instances. theoretical astrophysicists who've been lively within the box because the early Sixties inform the tale in fluent prose. approximately 1/2 the publication covers lots of the theoretical examine performed from 1940 to the shut of the 20th century, a wide physique of labor that has thus far been little explored by means of historians.
the 1st bankruptcy, which outlines the interval from approximately 3000 B.C. to 1700 A.D., exhibits that at each level in historical past people have had a specific realizing of the solar and stars, and that this has constantly developed over the centuries. subsequent the authors systematically handle the large mass of observations astronomy collected from the early 17th century to the early 20th. the remainder 4 chapters learn the background of the sector from the physicists viewpoint, the emphasis being on theoretical paintings from the mid-1840s to the overdue 1990s--from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics, from nuclear physics and magnetohydrodynamics to the awesome advances via to the overdue Nineteen Sixties, and eventually, to more moderen theoretical paintings. meant often for college kids and academics of astronomy, this e-book can be an invaluable reference for training astronomers and scientifically curious common readers.
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