By Jean-Louis Tassoul,Monique Tassoul

This booklet offers a accomplished assessment of the background of principles concerning the sunlight and the celebrities, from antiquity to fashionable instances. theoretical astrophysicists who've been lively within the box because the early Nineteen Sixties inform the tale in fluent prose. approximately half the e-book covers lots of the theoretical study performed from 1940 to the shut of the 20th century, a wide physique of labor that has so far been little explored via historians.

the 1st bankruptcy, which outlines the interval from approximately 3000 B.C. to 1700 A.D., indicates that at each level in background people have had a specific knowing of the solar and stars, and that this has continuously advanced over the centuries. subsequent the authors systematically tackle the titanic mass of observations astronomy accrued from the early 17th century to the early 20th. the rest 4 chapters study the background of the sector from the physicists viewpoint, the emphasis being on theoretical paintings from the mid-1840s to the past due 1990s--from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics, from nuclear physics and magnetohydrodynamics to the amazing advances via to the past due Sixties, and at last, to more moderen theoretical paintings. meant mostly for college kids and academics of astronomy, this publication may also be an invaluable reference for practising astronomers and scientifically curious normal readers.

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