In Search of Planet Vulcan: The Ghost in Newton’s Clockwork Universe (Government)|
von Richard Baum
Buch, Gebundene Ausgabe, 01. Januar 1997 Auf Lager.
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Today every schoolchild learns that our solar system contains nine planets in orbit around the sun-plus a variety of other bodies such as asteroids-but as Richard Baum and William Sheehan describe in In Search of Planet Vulcan, the discovery of these facts was far from straightforward. In a book rich with historical anecdotes, Baum and Sheehan depict centuries of efforts to enumerate the inhabitants of our solar system. In some cases the successes are stunning proof of the veracity of Newtonian mechanics; in others, such as the quest for a hypothetical planet " Vulcan" orbiting well inside Mercury, the fallacies and failures are equally staggering.