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Comets : a chronological history of observation, science, myth, and folklore

Auteur : Donald K Yeomans
Éditeur: New York : Wiley, ©1991.
Collection: Wiley science editions.
Édition/format:   Livre imprimé : AnglaisVoir toutes les éditions et tous les formats
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Explains the basic astronomy and physics of comets and features a catalog of cometary apparitions up until 1700.
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Format – détails additionnels: Online version:
Yeomans, Donald K.
Comets.
New York : Wiley, ©1991
(OCoLC)624602797
Type d’ouvrage: Ressource Internet
Type de document: Livre, Ressource Internet
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs: Donald K Yeomans
ISBN: 0471610119 9780471610113
Numéro OCLC: 21871421
Description: x, 485 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contenu: 1. The origin of cometary thought. Aristotle's Meteorologica ; Seneca's Natural questions ; The Natural history of Pliny the Elder ; The Tetrabiblos of Ptolemy and the Centiloquy --
2. Medieval views. The period to about 1200 : theology and superstitution ; 1200-1577 : the rebirth of scientific observations ; The comet of 1577 ; Early Chinese contributions to the history of comets --
3. Johannes Kepler, Galileo, and the comets of 1607 and 1618. The ephemeral comets of Johannes Kepler ; The devil's advocate : Galileo Galilei ; Early seventeenth century views on comets --
4. The comet of 1664 : confusion reigns. Closed orbits : the comet of 1664 as a permanent object ; Rectilinear orbits : the comet of 1664 as a transitory object --
5. The comet of 1680 : Newton's view from the shoulders of giants. Kirch and Dörffel ; Newton and Flamsteed --
6. The return of comet Halley. The predicted return of comet Halley ; The race for recovery ; Recovery at last --
7. The eighteenth century : the orbit computers. Theoretical work ; The orbit computers ; Cometary thought in the eighteenth century. 8. The nineteenth century : the shrinking orbit of comet Encke, the disintegration of comet Biela, and the meteor showers. Comet Encke and the resisting medium ; The short life of comet Biela ; Comets and meteor showers --
9. The physics of comets. The introduction of photography ; Composition of the cometary atmosphere and tail ; The formation of cometary tails ; The cometary nucleus --
10. Comet Halley. The returns of comet Haley ; The Halley spacecraft armada ; the International Halley Watch, and the International Cometary Explorer ; Halley's dust and gas atmosphere ; Comet Halley's nucleus ; Chemical clues for the origin of Comet Halley --
11. The births and deaths of comets. Interstellar and solar system sources of comets ; The Oort cloud of comets ; Further refinements and alternatives to the Oort cloud ; A possible inner Oort cloud and a comet belt beyond Neptune ; Cometary end states.
Titre de collection: Wiley science editions.
Responsabilité: Donald K. Yeomans.
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This illustrated volume describes the basic astronomy and physics of comets. Written for both amateur and professional astronomers, the text traces the portrayal of comets in fact and fiction,  Lire la suite...

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