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Exploring the Solar System

Karel Schrijver

in One of Ten Billion Earths: How we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198799894
eISBN:
9780191864865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799894.003.0003
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics, History of Physics

In this chapter, the author summarizes the properties of the Solar System, and how these were uncovered. Over centuries, the arrangement and properties of the Solar System were determined. The ... More


From Big Bang to Primordial Planet: Setting the Stage for the Origin of Life

Alan W. Schwartz and Sherwood Chang

in Life's Origin: The Beginnings of Biological Evolution

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233904
eISBN:
9780520928701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233904.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Life is the product of countless changes in the form of primordial stellar matter, and these changes were wrought by astrophysical and cosmochemical, as well as geological and biological, ... More


A Professor of Eloquence

David Clarke

in Reflections on the Astronomy of Glasgow: A story of some 500 years

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748678891
eISBN:
9780748689286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678891.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter covers the life of John Pringle Nichol who, as the 5th Regius Professor of Astronomy (1836 to 1859), influenced extra-mural interest in the subject to a passion that the local citizens ... More


Drifting Through a Planetary System

Karel Schrijver

in One of Ten Billion Earths: How we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198799894
eISBN:
9780191864865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799894.003.0006
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics, History of Physics

This chapter describes how the first found exoplanets presented puzzles: they orbited where they should not have formed or where they could not have survived the death of their stars. The Solar ... More


Exploring the Planets: A Memoir

Fred Taylor

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199671595
eISBN:
9780191819650
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671595.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book is an informal, semi-autobiographical history, from the particular viewpoint of someone who was involved, of the exploration of the Solar System using spacecraft. The author is a ... More


From One to Astronomical

Karel Schrijver

in One of Ten Billion Earths: How we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198799894
eISBN:
9780191864865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799894.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics, History of Physics

Where centuries ago one could be burned at the stake for speculating about distant worlds, the modern scientific method has made us realize that there are planetary systems around most of the over a ... More


One of Ten Billion Earths: How we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets

Karel Schrijver

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198799894
eISBN:
9780191864865
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799894.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics, History of Physics

Illustrated with breathtaking images of the Solar System and of the Universe around it, this book explores how the discoveries within the Solar System and of distant exoplanets come together to aid ... More


Recovery of Flight Projects

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the lab's recovery of its main mission in planetary exploration, from which stemmed its growth during the 1980s. The recovery, however, rested on plans for a new low-cost ... More


Nonlocal Gravity and Dark Matter

Bahram Mashhoon

in Nonlocal Gravity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198803805
eISBN:
9780191842313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803805.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The implications of linearized NLG for the gravitational physics of the Solar System, spiral galaxies and nearby clusters of galaxies are critically examined in this chapter. In the Newtonian regime, ... More


Living on a Pale Blue Dot

Karel Schrijver

in One of Ten Billion Earths: How we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198799894
eISBN:
9780191864865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799894.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics, History of Physics

Over time, the Earth’s habitability for human beings has changed tremendously, despite the mild, slow changes in the Sun’s intensity and the slight shifts in Earth’s orbit: cycles of “Snowball Earth” ... More


The Long View of Planetary Systems

Karel Schrijver

in One of Ten Billion Earths: How we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198799894
eISBN:
9780191864865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799894.003.0011
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics, History of Physics

How many planetary systems formed before our’s did, and how many will form after? How old is the average exoplanet in the Galaxy? When did the earliest planets start forming? How different are the ... More


Don’t Be a Masochist!

Massimiliano Di Ventra

in The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198825623
eISBN:
9780191864605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825623.003.0013
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter clarifies further the role of a theory and the choice of a theory over another based on its simplicity in describing phenomena.


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