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The Origin and Evolution of the Solar System : Graduate Series in Astronomy - M.M. Woolfson

The Origin and Evolution of the Solar System

Graduate Series in Astronomy

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The origin of the solar system has been a matter of speculation for many centuries, and since the time of Newton it has been possible to apply scientific principles to the problem. A succession of theories, starting with that of Pierre Laplace in 1796, has gained general acceptance, only to fall from favor due to its contradiction in some basic scientific principle or new heavenly observation. Modern observations by spacecraft of the solar system, the stars, and extra-solar planetary systems continuously provide new information that may be helpful in finding a plausible theory as well as present new constraints for any such theory to satisfy.

The Origin and Evolution of the Solar System begins by describing historical (pre-1950) theories and illustrating why they became unacceptable. The main part of the book critically examines five extant theories, including the current paradigm, the solar nebula theory, to determine how well they fit with accepted scientific principles and observations. This analysis shows that the solar nebula theory satisfies the principles and observational constraints no better than its predecessors. The capture theory put forward by the author fares better and also indicates an initial scenario leading to a causal series of events that explain all the major features of the solar system.

The general backgroundp. 1
The structure of the Solar Systemp. 3
Observations and theories of star formationp. 46
What should a theory explain?p. 100
Setting the theoretical scenep. 109
Theories up to 1960p. 111
Current theoriesp. 141
A brief survey of modern theoriesp. 143
The Sun, planets and satellitesp. 156
Planetary orbits and angular momentump. 209
A planetary collisionp. 237
The Moonp. 251
Smaller planets and irregular satellitesp. 294
Asteroids, meteorites and cometsp. 316
The current state of theoriesp. 371
Comparisons of the main theoriesp. 373
The Chandrasekhar limit, neutron stars and black holesp. 386
The Virial Theoremp. 391
Smoothed particle hydrodynamicsp. 393
The Bondi and Hoyle accretion mechanismp. 398
The Poynting-Robertson effectp. 401
Referencesp. 402
Indexp. 408
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ISBN: 9780750304573
ISBN-10: 075030457X
Series: Graduate Series in Astronomy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 1