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The system of the world

Louis A. Girifalco

in The Universal Force: Gravity - Creator of Worlds

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199228966
eISBN:
9780191711183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228966.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

From the Sun to beyond Pluto, giant worlds, mini-planets, moons, and comets move in thrall to the law of gravitation. This has been called the System of the World for millennia. It is so large that ... 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


The Birth of Stars and Planets

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/9780198799894.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics, History of Physics

Exoplanets were discovered only a century after the true nature of stars was revealed, and yet—as explained in this chapter—their existences are inseparably linked. The birth of stars in densely ... More


Historical Understanding of Life’s Beginnings

John Oró

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/9780520233904.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter discusses a number of physical and chemical creative processes in the history of the Universe that are relevant to the origin of life. These creative processes have continued from the ... More


From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

John Chambers and Jacqueline Mitton

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175706
eISBN:
9781400885565
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175706.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The birth and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. This book tells the remarkable story of how the celestial ... More


Epilogue: Paradigms, Problems, and Predictions

John Chambers and Jacqueline Mitton

in From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175706
eISBN:
9781400885565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175706.003.0015
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This concluding chapter talks about how astronomers and space agencies in dozens of countries are helping to see the solar system as never before, transforming points of light into real worlds, and ... 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


On the Question: Are the Planets Inhabited?

Brendan Dooley (ed.)

in The Continued Exercise of Reason: Public Addresses by George Boole

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262535007
eISBN:
9780262345576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262535007.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter presents George Boole's lecture on whether the planets are inhabited. He first considers the general conditions to which life here has manifested; second, the adaptations of the earth as ... More


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