By Jean-Louis Tassoul,Monique Tassoul

This publication presents a complete review of the heritage of principles concerning the solar and the celebrities, from antiquity to fashionable instances. theoretical astrophysicists who've been energetic within the box because the early Nineteen Sixties inform the tale in fluent prose. approximately half the e-book covers many of the theoretical examine performed from 1940 to the shut of the 20 th century, a wide physique of labor that has thus far been little explored through historians.

the 1st bankruptcy, which outlines the interval from approximately 3000 B.C. to 1700 A.D., indicates that at each degree in historical past humans have had a selected knowing of the solar and stars, and that this has continuously developed over the centuries. subsequent the authors systematically tackle the large mass of observations astronomy gathered from the early 17th century to the early 20th. the rest 4 chapters study the historical past of the sector from the physicists standpoint, the emphasis being on theoretical paintings from the mid-1840s to the overdue 1990s--from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics, from nuclear physics and magnetohydrodynamics to the extraordinary advances via to the overdue Nineteen Sixties, and at last, to newer theoretical paintings. meant usually for college students and lecturers of astronomy, this e-book can also be an invaluable reference for practising astronomers and scientifically curious normal readers.

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