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Benson, Donald C
The ballet of the planets : on the mathematical elegance of planetary motion / Donald C. Benson
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QB361 .B46 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Planetary theory -- History
Planets -- Orbits
Kepler's laws -- History
Physical Description xiv, 178 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 173) and index
Contents The survival of the valid -- Peer review -- The scientific method -- Birth. The bowl of night -- The two-sphere universe -- Coordinate systems -- The sun -- Epicycles and relative motion -- A mechanical linkage -- Relative motion -- The deferent-epicycle model -- Retrograde motion -- Ptolemy -- The deferent-epicycle model -- Intimations of numerology -- The equant -- Making money, et cetera -- Epicyclic curves as decorative patterns -- Cycloidal curves -- Rebirth. The reluctant revolutionary -- Adjusting the Ptolemaic theory -- Copernicus -- Galileo -- Circles no more -- The ellipse -- Two pearls -- Tracking planets -- The war with Mars -- Tycho Brahe -- Kepler -- Enlightenment. The birth of mechanics -- Archimedes -- Galileo -- The astronomical alchemist -- Newton'sdynamics -- Rotational dynamics -- The law of universal gravitation -- The Greek alphabet -- Vectors
Summary Explores the mystery of planetary motion, based on the theories that came from famous scientists such as Newton, Archimedes, and Copernicus
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