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Author Heidarzadeh, Tofigh.

Title A history of physical theories of comets, from Aristotle to Whipple [electronic resource] / Tofigh Heidarzadeh.

Published [United States] : Springer, c2008.


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Physical description 1 online resource (xiii, 275 p.) : ill.
Series Archimedes : new studies in the history and philosophy of science and technology ; v. 19
Archimedes (Dordrecht, Netherlands) ; v. 19.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-275) and index.
Contents Aristotle's theory of comets -- After Aristotle -- From Brahe to Newton -- Comets in Newtonian physics -- After Newton -- Non-Newtonian theories of comets -- Comets in the Laplacian cosmos -- Comets in the Post-Laplacian era.
Summary The book describes the major physical theories of comets in the past two millennia. It demonstrates the evolution of ideas about the nature, position, motion and physical constitution of comets from Aristotle to Whipple. Unlike the available works on the history of comets, which either illustrate relatively short periods in the history of physical cometology or portray a landscape view without adequate details, the present study focuses on details of each theory. It also investigates the interaction between observational and mathematical astronomy, and the physical sciences in defining the pro
Notes Description based on print version record.
Subject Comets -- History.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781402083235