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With his critically acclaimed best-sellers The Mathematical Tourism and Islands of Truth, Ivars Peterson took readers to the frontiers of modern mathematics. His new book provides an up-to-date look at one of science's greatest detective stories: the search for order in the workings of the solar system. In the late 1600s, Sir Isaac Newton provided what astronomers had long
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Paperback, 347 pages

Published
March 1st 1995
by W.H. Freeman & Company
(first published July 15th 1993)

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It's at first natural to say "conservation of energy + angular momentum", but this actually isn't quite true. You could imagine that over time, inter-planet interactions would distort orbits to the point where the solar system gets disrupted. Certainly, asteroids, comets, and moons sometimes collide or get ejected from the solar system. And dynamical systems in general can be chaotic, and can tran ...more

Mar 21, 2015
Erik Graff
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Recommends it for:
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Astronomy was my first scientific interest, books in that area occupying much of my time while I was simultaneously getting into science fiction. So great was my evident interest that Dad bought me one of those cardboard reflector telescopes while I was still in elementary school. Although never having gotten beyond an elementary understanding of astrophysics, I've kept a hand in, reading books about astronomy now and again throughout the years. This popular treatment is typical.

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