In Search of Planet Vulcan: The Ghost in Newton’s Clockwork Universe

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Springer, 9. nóv. 2013 - 310 síđur
Reality against a backdrop of war and revolution early in the nineteenth century. Le Verrier, the autocratic Director of the Paris Observatory, had unveiled a problem with the motion of the planet Mercury. The indications were of a planet closer to the sun than Mercury. Incredibly, the prediction was immediately fulfilled by an obscure French country doctor using no more than a homemade telescope. The planet, named for the Roman god of fire, was no sooner discovered than.
 

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Contents Introduction
2
THE MAJESTIC CLOCKWORK
5
The Elusive Planet of Twilight
7
Le Grand Newton
16
Triumvirate
30
The Celestial Decades
37
Nebulous Star or Comet?
45
Le Maître Mathématicien
63
The Phantom of an Anomaly
162
Le Roi Est Mort
178
The Planet Hunters Come to Indian
194
Dr Peters Confronts the Wild Geese
209
Legend into History
224
A Question of Triangles
247
The Unending Quest
255
Chronology
263

Le Verriers Planet
76
Triumph and Controversy
107
Le Verriers Unfinished Business
127
The Doctors TaleVulcan
145
Notes and References
269
Select Bibliography
297
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