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Cosmic debris : Meteorites in history

Author: John G Burke
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Meteorites, those mysterious relics of the Solar System's birth, are a topic of continuing interest to scientist and layperson alike, and their interpretation has undergone dramatic changes over time. Burke provides a most thorough and readable account of the fascinating evolution of scientific thought on the subject of meteorites. The curious folklore and legends that have grown up around meteorites also receive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John G Burke
ISBN: 0520056515 9780520056510
OCLC Number: 12946874
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: x, 445 pages, 4 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Disbelief --
Acceptance --
Mathematical astronomy and statistics --
Nineteenth-century foundations of meteorite analysis --
Late nineteenth-century meteorite theories --
Curators and collectors --
Folklore, myth, and utility --
New directions 1900-1950 --
Contemporary meteorite research and theories.
Responsibility: John G. Burke.

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Meteorites, those mysterious relics of the Solar System's birth, are a topic of continuing interest to scientist and layperson alike, and their interpretation has undergone dramatic changes over time. Burke provides a most thorough and readable account of the fascinating evolution of scientific thought on the subject of meteorites. The curious folklore and legends that have grown up around meteorites also receive their due share of attention. Contemporary meteorite research and the host of new techniques used in its conduct are also described. The copious notes and 56-page bibliography will appeal to the more scholarly reader. --From Library Journal.

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