Covering all aspects of asteroid investigation, Curtis Peebles shows how ideas about the orbiting boulders have evolved. He describes how such phenomena as the Moon's craters and dinosaur extinction were gradually, and by some scientists grudgingly, accepted as the results of asteroid impacts. He tells how a band of icy asteroids rimming the solar system, first proposed as a theory in the 1940s, was ignored for more than forty years until renewed interest and technological breakthroughs confirmed the existence of the Kuiper Belt. Peebles also chronicles the discovery of Shoemaker-Levy 9, a comet with twenty-two nuclei that crashed into Jupiter in 1994, releasing many times the energy of the world's nuclear arsenal.
Showing how asteroid research is increasingly collaborative, the book provides insights into the evolution of scientific ideas and the ebb and flow of scientific debate.
|Publisher:||Smithsonian Institution Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.93(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.65(d)|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 1. Discovery of the Asteroids Chapter 2 2. Vermin of the Skies Chapter 3 3. The Modern Era Chapter 4 4. Apollos, Amors, Atens, and Close Calls: The Near-Earth Asteroids Chapter 5 5. Far Frontiers: From the Trojans to the Kuiper Belt Chapter 6 6. Asteroid Space Missions Chapter 7 7. The Name's the Thing! Chapter 8 8. 3043 San Diego: The Unwanted Honor Chapter 9 9. Impact Chapter 10 10. Shoemaker-Levy 9 Chapter 11 11. Planetary Defense Chapter 12 12. The Third Century of Asteroid Studies