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Rock Legends : the Asteroids and Their Discoverers

Author: Paul Murdin
Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2016.
Series: Springer Praxis Books.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book relates the history of asteroid discoveries and christenings, from those of the early pioneering giants of Hersehel and Piazzi to modern-day amateurs. Moving from history and anecdotal information to science, the book's structure is provided by the names of the asteroids, including one named after the author. Free from a need to conform to scientific naming conventions, the names evidence hero-worship,  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Murdin
ISBN: 9783319318363 3319318365
OCLC Number: 1008631125
Description: 1 recurso en línea (IX, 207 páginas) : ilustraciones.
Contents: Introduction --
Chapter 1: When the Stars Fell Down --
Chapter 2: From Eyesight to Space Satellites.-Chapter 3: Find Minor Planets by Technology --
Chapter 4: Naming and Possessing --
Chapter 5: At the Edge of the Solar System --
Chapter 6: Filling the Gap --
Chapter 7: Controlled by Jupiter --
Chapter 8: The Chaotic Solar System --
Chapter 9: The Fate of Asteroids --
References.
Series Title: Springer Praxis Books.
Responsibility: by Paul Murdin.

Abstract:

This book relates the history of asteroid discoveries and christenings, from those of the early pioneering giants of Hersehel and Piazzi to modern-day amateurs. Moving from history and anecdotal information to science, the book's structure is provided by the names of the asteroids, including one named after the author. Free from a need to conform to scientific naming conventions, the names evidence hero-worship, sycophancy, avarice, vanity, whimsy, erudition and wit, revealing the human side of astronomers, especially where controversy has followed the christening. Murdin draws from extensive historical records to explore the debate over these names. Each age reveals its own biases and preferences in the naming process. <Originally regarded as "vermin of the skies," asteroids are minor planets, rocky scraps left over from the formation of the larger planets, or broken fragments of worlds that have collided. Their scientific classification as "minor" planets makes them seem unimportant ...

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