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Planetary Motions: A Historical Perspective

Planetary Motions: A Historical Perspective

by Norriss S. Hetherington


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Students in an introductory physics class learn a variety of different, and seemingly unconnected, concepts. Gravity, the laws of motion, forces and fields, the mathematical nature of the science - all of these are ideas that play a central role in understanding physics. And one thing that connects all of these physical concepts is the impetus the great scientists of the past had to develop them - the desire to understand the motion of the planets of the solar system. This desire led to the revolutionary work of Copernicus and Galileo, Kepler and Newton. And their work forever altered how science is practiced and understood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313332418
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/2006
Series: Greenwood Guides to Great Ideas in Science
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Norriss S. Hetherington is the director of the Institute for the History of Astronomy and a Visiting Scholar with the Office of the History of Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written extensively on the history of astronomy and cosmology, and has edited Encyclopedia of Cosmology: Historical, Philosophical, and Scientific Foundations of Modern Cosmology, and Cosmology: Historical, Literary, Philosophical, Religious, and Scientific Perspectives.

Table of Contents



An Introduction to the History of Science

Babylonian Planetary Astronomy

Plato and Saving the Phenomena

Eudoxus and Concentric Spheres

Eccentrics and Epicycles


Astronomy and Physics

Saving the Phenomena Quantitatively

Ptolemy's Exposition of Mathematical Sstronomy

Reality or Mathematical Fiction?

The Greatest Astronomer of Antiquity or The Greatest Fraud in the History of Science?

Islamic Planetary Astronomy

Revival in the West

Copernicus and Planetary Motions

The Copernican Revolution

Breaking the Circle

Isaac Newton and ravity

The Newtonian Revolutiuon




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