Physics of the Solar System: Dynamics and Evolution, Space Physics, and Spacetime Structure by B. BertottiPhysics of the Solar System: Dynamics and Evolution, Space Physics, and Spacetime Structure by B. Bertotti

Physics of the Solar System: Dynamics and Evolution, Space Physics, and Spacetime Structure

byB. Bertotti

Paperback | June 30, 2003

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This book is a direct sequel to: B. Bcrtotri and P. Farinclla, "Physics of the Earth and the Solar System, Dynamics and Evolution. Space Navigation. Spa­ cc-Time Structure" (Kluwcr Academic Publishers, 1990). Nearly 15 years af­ tcr its publication it became evident that the volume was in need of a new edition to keep up with the outstanding progress and the changing perspectives in this field. David Vokrouhlicky agreed to collaborate on the project and be the third author. On March 25, 2000. after a tong illness and a heart transplant. Paolo Farinella passed away. We then decided that. rather than aiming at a second edition, it made more sense to rewrite the book anew. While its basic content and the structure of the chapters are the same, important new topics have been added, including the extrasolar planetary systems, transneptunian objects. accurate determination of reference frames and new space projects. Greater relevance has been given to scmiquantitarive discussions before intro­ ducing formal developments: many figures have been added and updated and several errors corrected. More emphasis has given to the solar system, whereas geophysical topics have been left at a less advanced level. To mark this change the slightly differ ent title "Physics of the Solar System" was chosen. We wish to dedicate this book to the memory of Paolo Farinella. an out­ standing scientist, an invaluable collaborator and a dear friend.
Title:Physics of the Solar System: Dynamics and Evolution, Space Physics, and Spacetime StructureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:706 pagesPublished:June 30, 2003Publisher:Kluwer Boston Inc.Language:English

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Table of Contents

1. Dynamical Principles.- 2. The Gravitational Field of an Isolated Body.- 3. Planetary Rotation.- 4. Gravitational Torques and Tides.- 5. The Interior of the Earth.- 6. Planetary Magnetism.- 7. Atmospheres.- 8. Upper Atmospheres.- 9. The Sun and the Solar Wind.- 10. Magnetospheres.- 11. The Two-Body Problem.- 12. Perturbation Theory.- 13. The Three-Body Problem.- 14. The Planetary System.- 15. Dynamical Evolution of the Solar System.- 16. Origin of the Solar System.- 17. Relativistic Effects in the Solar System.- 18. Artificial Satellites.- 19. Telecommunications.- 20. Precise Measurements in Space.

Editorial Reviews

"The book is a very good balance between theory and applications, depth of analysis and synthesis, keeping always the focus on the comprehension of the physics ruling our planetary system."In summary, this represents both an excellent textbook for advanced students and a fundamental reference, and encyclopedic summary of the current knowledge, for researchers in the Solar System field."Alessandro Rossi, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, ITALY, in Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy"Physics of the Solar System, the new text by Bertotti, Farinella and Vokrouhlický, succinctly and clearly treats the broad span of topics needed to understand the solar system's structure, formation and operation. The authors show an impressive command of a wide variety of subjects, ranging from celestial mechanics through magnetospheric physics, and on to a description of the workings of spacecraft themselves. The text contains numerous examples, not only from the historical background but also for space-age applications, including many figures from the original research literature. Each chapter ends with a useful survey of relevant texts and papers as well as an interesting collection of problems. The book is a major achievement that should attract a wide readership."(Joseph A. Burns, I.P. Church Professor of Engineering and Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) "This book delivers what its title promises. It addresses the fundamental characteristics of the solar system from a physicist's perspective, showing the diverse ways in which physics governs what is observed in, on, and among the planets. It is both encyclopaedic in its coverage and up-to-date in including the most recent advances in understanding and current issues of study."(Richard Greenberg, Professor of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson) "This encyclopaedic book is a mine of information on the Solar System that goes well beyond usual dynamical aspects. The authors have succeeded in compromising broadness with depth, and clarity with completeness. This second edition is very up-to-date on all hot topics of modern research. This book is therefore particularly recommendable to students and researchers that seek a multidisciplinary approach to Solar System science. I wish I had it when I was a student myself."(Alessandro Morbidelli, Observatoire de Côte d'Azur, Nice) "[...] a well-written and comprehensive overview of the diverse bodies that surround the Sun and of the intricate interplay between them. Physics of the Sun is tightly written, fun to read and should appeal to experts in the field and new graduate students alike. Within its covers abound a wealth of interesting and little-know nuggets of planetary lore that, although available in the scientific literature, have not appeared in an accessible text before. The authors provide a clear and insightful discussion of planetary gravitational fields. I strongly recommend making space on your shelf and time in your schedule for this lively, interesting and authoritative volume." (Dough Hamilton, University of Maryland (Nature, 427, February 2004)