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Is Pluto a planet? : a historical journey through the solar system

Author: David A Weintraub
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells the story of how the meaning of the word 'planet' has changed from antiquity to the present day, as new objects in our solar system have been discovered. This book provides the historical,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David A Weintraub
ISBN: 0691123489 9780691123486
OCLC Number: 466547258
Description: 336 s. : ill. ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. What is a planet? --
2. Seven perfect planets made of aether --
3. The Earth becomes a planet --
4. Sixteen planets --
5. Not everything that orbits the Sun is a planet --
6. Uranus! --
7. The celestial police --
8. Neptune, the thirteenth planet --
9. Easy come, easy go --
10. Pluto, the fourth ninth planet --
11. Hidden secrets of the outer solar system --
12. The plutinos --
13. Is Pluto a planet? --
14. Goldilocks --
Postscript. Current thoughts by other astronomers --
Appendix. What we know about Pluto.
Responsibility: David A. Weintraub.

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"David Weintraub sets the debate in its full context, and his views will be of interest to anyone who wants to know how our view of the universe around us has changed over time."--Martin Ince, Times Read more...

 
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