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An accessible exposition of gravitation theory and celestial mechanics, this classic, oft-cited work was written by a distinguished Soviet astronomer. It explains with exceptional clarity the methods used by physicists in studying celestial phenomena.
A historical introduction explains the Ptolemaic view of planetary motion and its displacement by the studies of Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton. Succeeding chapters examine the making of celestial observations and measurements and explain such central concepts as the ecliptic, the orbital plane, the two- and three-body problems, and perturbed motion. Ryabov also describes how perturbations in the path of Uranus led to the discovery of Neptune, and he devotes considerable attention to satellites, including a detailed treatment of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I. Additional topics include planetary rotation, the calculation of units of time, and the motions of the stars, with illustrations of how the law of gravity determines the shapes of galaxies. The book concludes with a deeper consideration of gravity, pointing out basic distinctions between classical and Einsteinian theories.
Synopsis
Accessible classic of gravitation theory and celestial mechanics explains methods used by physicists in studying celestial phenomena, including perturbed motion, satellite technology, planetary rotation, and motions of stars. 1959 edition.
Synopsis
Accessible classic of gravitation theory and celestial mechanics explains methods used by physicists in studying celestial phenomena, including perturbed motion, satellite technology, planetary rotation, and motions of stars. 1959 edition.
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. Ancient Conceptions Concerning the Motions of the Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars
2. The Geometry of Planetary Motions for Copernicus to Kepler
3. The Discovery of the Law of Gravitation
4. The Attraction of Material Bodies of Different Shapes
5. Experimental Detection of Attractions between Material Bodies on Earth
6. Newton's Law--The Theoretical Basis of Celestial Motion
7. Celestial Motion and the Two-Body Problem
8. The Concept of Perturbed Motion. Celestial Mechanics and Practical Astronomy
9. Ways of Describing Perturbed Motion. The Variational Orbit
10. The Problem of Motion in the Solar System
11. Successive Approximations in the Theory of Motion of Heavenly Bodies
12. The Discovery of Neptune
13. Periodic and Secular Perturbations
14. Numerical Methods in Celestial Mechanics
15. Satellite Theory
16. Artificial Earth Satellites and Their Motion
17. The Motions of Asteroids
18. Planetary Motion
19. Problems of Qualitative Celestial Mechanics
10. Stellar Motions and the Law of Gravitation
12. What Is Gravitation?
Appendix