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Astronomy | Newton's Gravity - An Introductory Guide to the Mechanics of the Universe

Newton's Gravity

An Introductory Guide to the Mechanics of the Universe

MacDougal, Douglas W.

2012, XIX, 433 p. 78 illus., 69 illus. in color.

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  • Concentrates strongly on the historical development of the mathematics and science of orbital motion
  • Uses concrete, interesting problems and case studies to teach and illustrate
  • Explores the surprisingly basic mathematics behind gravity, the most fundamental force that governs the movements of satellites, planets, and the stars
“Newton’s Gravity” conveys the power of simple mathematics to tell the fundamental truth about nature. Many people know the tides are caused by the pull of the Moon and to a lesser extent the Sun. But very few can explain exactly how and why that happens. Fewer still can calculate the  actual pulls of the Moon and Sun on the oceans. This book shows in clear detail how to do this with simple tools. It uniquely crosses disciplines – history, astronomy, physics and mathematics – and takes pains to explain things frequently passed over or taken for granted in other books. Using a problem-based approach, “Newton’s Gravity” explores the surprisingly basic mathematics behind gravity, the most fundamental force that governs the movements of satellites, planets, and the stars.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Celestial mechanics - Celestial motion - History of astronomy - Inverse square laq - Kepler's laws - Law of Planetary motion - Laws of gravity - Newton's laws - Orbital motion - Orbital plane

Related subjects » Astronomy - Geophysics & Geodesy

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