Babylon to Voyager and Beyond: A History of Planetary Astronomy

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Overview

Babylon to Voyager and Beyond covers planetary research from the time of the Babylonians and Ancient Greeks through to those of Kepler, Galileo, Cassini, Newton and Herschel to the modern era of space exploration. It outlines the key observational discoveries and theoretical developments in their historical context, covering not only the numerous successes but also the main failures.
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"An unusually complete and authoritative overview and a valuable library resource. Highly recommended." Choice

"...highly readable...Given the level of unusual detail and high quality illustrations included, this volume belongs in the science collections of public libraries of all sizes, college and university libraries supporting both graduate and undergraduate programs in astronomy and allied planetary sciences, and museum libraries at institutions which emphasize astronomy and space science as part of their collections' profiles." E-STREAMS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521808408
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

David Leverington held a variety of senior positions in the space industry, and is now retired.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The ancients 2
2 Copernicus and the new cosmology 40
3 Kepler and Galileo-the fall of epicycles and the start of telescopic astronomy 55
4 The mid and late seventeenth century 91
5 Consolidation 133
6 The solar system expands 148
7 The inner solar system in the nineteenth century 181
8 The outer solar system in the nineteenth century 247
9 Quiet interlude - the twentieth century prior to the space age 269
10 The space age - terrestrial planets 350
11 The space age - the outer planets 426
Glossary 514
Bibliography 523
Units 533
Name index 534
Subject index 547
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