By Jean-Louis Tassoul,Monique Tassoul
This publication presents a entire assessment of the historical past of principles in regards to the solar and the celebs, from antiquity to fashionable instances. theoretical astrophysicists who've been energetic within the box because the early Nineteen Sixties inform the tale in fluent prose. approximately half the ebook covers lots of the theoretical study performed from 1940 to the shut of the 20th century, a wide physique of labor that has thus far been little explored through historians.
the 1st bankruptcy, which outlines the interval from approximately 3000 B.C. to 1700 A.D., exhibits that at each degree in heritage humans have had a selected knowing of the solar and stars, and that this has consistently advanced over the centuries. subsequent the authors systematically handle the significant mass of observations astronomy gathered from the early 17th century to the early 20th. the remainder 4 chapters research the heritage of the sphere from the physicists point of view, the emphasis being on theoretical paintings from the mid-1840s to the past due 1990s--from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics, from nuclear physics and magnetohydrodynamics to the amazing advances via to the past due Sixties, and eventually, to more moderen theoretical paintings. meant in most cases for college students and lecturers of astronomy, this publication may also be an invaluable reference for working towards astronomers and scientifically curious basic readers.
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