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

Author: David A Weintraub
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Microfiche : 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: 9780691123486 0691123489
OCLC Number: 272522229
Description: ix, 254 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: PREFACE ix Chapter 1: What Is a Planet? 1 Chapter 2: Seven Perfect Planets Made of Aether 6 Chapter 3: The Earth Becomes a Planet 36 Chapter 4: Sixteen Planets 59 Chapter 5: Not Everything That Orbits the Sun Is a Planet 71 Chapter 6: Uranus! 82 Chapter 7: The Celestial Police 95 Chapter 8: Neptune, the Thirteenth Planet 107 Chapter 9: Easy Come, Easy Go 121 Chapter 10: Pluto, the Fourth Ninth Planet 130 Chapter 11: Hidden Secrets of the Outer Solar System 148 Chapter 12: The Plutinos 167 Chapter 13: Is Pluto a Planet? 179 Chapter 14: Goldilocks 185 POSTSCRIPT: Current Thoughts by Other Astronomers 222 APPENDIX: What We Know about Pluto 232 NOTES 243 INDEX 249
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