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Author Benson, Donald C.

Title The ballet of the planets : on the mathematical elegance of planetary motion / Donald C. Benson.

Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    523.2 BEN    Available
Description xiv, 178 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The survival of the valid. Peer review ; The scientific method -- Birth. The bowl of night. The two-sphere universe ; Coordinate systems l 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's dynamics ; Rotational dynamics ; The law of universal gravitation -- The Greek alphabet -- Vectors.
Subject Planetary theory -- History.
ISBN 9780199891009 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0199891001 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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