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Moving Planets Around

Author: Javier Roa  

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An introduction to the laws of celestial mechanics and a step-by-step guide to developing software for direct use in astrophysics research.

"Moving Planets Around covers the laws of celestial mechanics and gravity in the Newtonian limit, with a focus on the time evolution of planetary systems ranging from our own Solar System to the myriad extrasolar planetary systems we now know exist in the universe"--
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An introduction to the laws of celestial mechanics and a step-by-step guide to developing software for direct use in astrophysics research.

"Moving Planets Around covers the laws of celestial mechanics and gravity in the Newtonian limit, with a focus on the time evolution of planetary systems ranging from our own Solar System to the myriad extrasolar planetary systems we now know exist in the universe"--

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This book offers both an introduction to the laws of celestial mechanics and a step-by-step guide to developing software for direct use in astrophysics research. It bridges the gap between conventional textbooks, which present a rigorous and exhaustive exposition of theoretical concepts, and applying the theory to tackle real experiments. The text is written engagingly in dialogue form, presenting the research journey of the fictional Alice, Bob, and Professor Starmover. Moving Planets Around not only educates students on the laws of Newtonian gravity, it also provides all that they need to start writing their own software, from scratch, for simulating the dynamical evolution of planets and exoplanets, stars, or other heavenly bodies.

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About the Author

Maxwell Cai is Advisor of Artificial Intelligence at the SURF Cooperative (i.e. Dutch National Supercomputing Center). Adrian Hamers is Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. Javier Roa is Navigation Engineer, Solar System Dynamics Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Nathan Leigh is Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History.

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An introduction to the laws of celestial mechanics and a step-by-step guide to developing software for direct use in astrophysics research. This book offers both an introduction to the laws of celestial mechanics and a step-by-step guide to developing software for direct use in astrophysics research. It bridges the gap between conventional textbooks, which present a rigorous and exhaustive exposition of theoretical concepts, and applying the theory to tackle real experiments. The text is written engagingly in dialogue form, presenting the research journey of the fictional Alice, Bob, and Professor Starmover. Moving Planets Around not only educates students on the laws of Newtonian gravity, it also provides all that they need to start writing their own software, from scratch, for simulating the dynamical evolution of planets and exoplanets, stars, or other heavenly bodies.

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Product Details

Publisher
Mit Press Ltd | MIT Press
Published
1st September 2020
Pages
384
ISBN
9780262539340
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