Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Comets

Nature, Dynamics, Origin, and their Cosmogonical Relevance

Authors: Fernandez, Julio A.

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The book covers the most recent ideas about the nature and dynamics of comets, including a thorough discussion on Oort cloud dynamics which has not received due attention in other books on the subject. It also discusses the most relevant aspects of the physics and chemistry of comet nuclei, highlighting their importance as relics of the protoplanetary disk and, perhaps, as carriers of water and organics that permitted the development of life on Earth. The book contains several tables with useful data, and an ample bibliography covering the most recent work as well as some historical key contributions to the subject. It may be suitable as a textbook for graduate students with some basic knowledge of celestial mechanics and astrophysics, as well as a consult book for comet researchers, or researchers from other related fields willing to start working on comets, or get an updated view of the subject.

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Full Professor of Astronomy at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Formerly, I held temporal positions at the Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie, Germany, and Observatorio do Valongo, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Vice-president of Commission 20 of the International Astronomical Union ``Positions and Motions of Minor Planets, Comets and Satellites''.
Member of the Small Bodies Names Committee of the International Astronomical Union.
Asteroid 5996 was named ``Julioangel'' by the International Astronomical Union (Resolution July/1996).
Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Planetary and Space Science during the period 1993-1998.
Member of the Third World Academy of Sciences

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Fernández's monograph is a lucid account of cometary dynamics and related topics that is an important contribution to the literature... Comets provides an important and extremely readable summary of cometary dynamics and related topics... Many scientists, including astronomers, can benefit from reading it.

John C. Brandt, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in Physics Today, Sept. 2006


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Comets
Book Subtitle
Nature, Dynamics, Origin, and their Cosmogonical Relevance
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
328
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3495-4
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3495-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3490-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6883-5
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 383
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