By Jean-Louis Tassoul,Monique Tassoul

ISBN-10: 069111711X

ISBN-13: 9780691117119

ISBN-10: 0691165920

ISBN-13: 9780691165929

This publication offers a complete evaluation of the historical past of rules concerning the sunlight and the celebs, from antiquity to trendy occasions. theoretical astrophysicists who've been lively within the box because the early Sixties inform the tale in fluent prose. approximately half the publication covers lots of the theoretical learn performed from 1940 to the shut of the 20th century, a wide physique of labor that has up to now been little explored via historians.

the 1st bankruptcy, which outlines the interval from approximately 3000 B.C. to 1700 A.D., indicates that at each degree in background people have had a specific realizing of the sunlight and stars, and that this has consistently advanced over the centuries. subsequent the authors systematically handle the mammoth mass of observations astronomy collected from the early 17th century to the early 20th. the remainder 4 chapters research the background of the sector from the physicists viewpoint, the emphasis being on theoretical paintings from the mid-1840s to the past due 1990s--from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics, from nuclear physics and magnetohydrodynamics to the outstanding advances via to the past due Sixties, and eventually, to newer theoretical paintings. meant regularly for college students and lecturers of astronomy, this publication may also be an invaluable reference for training astronomers and scientifically curious basic readers.

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