A History of the Solar System

A History of the Solar System

A History of the Solar System
by Claudio Vita-Finzi
Springer | August 2016 | ISBN-10: 331933848X | 100 Pages | True PDF | 14 MB

This well illustrated book presents a compact history of the Solar System from its dusty origins 4,600,000 years ago to the present day. Its primary aim is to show how the planets and their satellites, comets, meteors, interplanetary dust, solar radiation and cosmic rays continually interact, sometimes violently, and it reflects humanity's progress in exploring and interpreting this history. The book is intended for a general readership at a time when human and robotic exploration of space is often in the news and should also appeal to students at all levels. It covers the essentials but refers to a large literature which can be accessed via the internet.
About the Author
Claudio Vita-Finzi was born in Australia and educated in Argentina and the UK, with BA, PhD and ScD degrees from Cambridge University. He has taught Earth and planetary sciences at University College London for many years and is now a Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum, London. He has been a member of the American Philosophical Society since 1991, received the GK Warren Prize of the US Academy of Sciences in 1994 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2012. He has published numerous papers on geology and planetary science and several books including Planetary Geology (Terra 2005), The Sun – a User’s Guide (Springer 2008) and Solar History, an Introduction (Springer 2012).

CONTENTS
1 Introduction. . . . .1
2 Raw Materials. . . . 13
3 Assembly . . . .27
4 The Solar Nucleus. . . . 39
5 Differentiation. . . . . 49
6 Operation. . . . 61
7 Life. . . . 71
8 The Evolving Solar System. . . . 85
Index. . . . 97
A History of the Solar System

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