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Comets: Nature, Dynamics, Origin, and Their Cosmogonical Relevance: v. 328: Book by Julio Angel Fernandez

Comets: Nature, Dynamics, Origin, and Their Cosmogonical Relevance: v. 328

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ISBN: 9781402034909    Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc. Year of publishing: 2005     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 396        
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....Read more
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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About the author: Julio Angel Fernandez
Full Professor of Astronomy at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay. Formerly, I held temporal positions at the Max-Planck-Institut... Read more
Full Professor of Astronomy at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay. Formerly, I held temporal positions at the Max-Planck-Institut fur 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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Fernandez'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...Read more
Fernandez'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
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