The Scientific Papers of Sir George Darwin: Oceanic Tides and Lunar Disturbance of Gravity

The Scientific Papers of Sir George Darwin: Oceanic Tides and Lunar Disturbance of Gravity

by George Howard Darwin


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Sir George Darwin (1845-1912) was the second son and fifth child of Charles Darwin. After studying mathematics at Cambridge he read for the Bar, but soon returned to science and to Cambridge, where in 1883 he was appointed Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy. His family home is now the location of Darwin College. His work was concerned primarily with the effect of the sun and moon on tidal forces on Earth, and with the theoretical cosmogony which evolved from practical observation: he formulated the fission theory of the formation of the moon (that the moon was formed from still-molten matter pulled away from the Earth by solar tides). He also developed a theory of evolution for the Sun-Earth-Moon system based on mathematical analysis in geophysical theory. This volume of his collected papers covers oceanic tides and lunar disturbances of gravity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108004428
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences Series
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Oceanic Tides: 1. The harmonic analysis of tidal observations; 2. On the periods chosen for harmonic analysis; 3. Datum levels; 4. A general article on the tides; 5. On the harmonic analysis of tidal observations of high and low water; 6. On an apparatus for facilitating the reduction of tidal analysis; 7. On tidal prediction; 8. On the correction to the equilibrium theory of tides for the continents; 9. Attempted evaluation of the rigidity of the Earth from the tides of long period; 10. Dynamical theory of the tides; 11. On the dynamical theory of the tides of long period; 12. On the Antarctic tidal observations of the Discovery; Part II. The Lunar Disturbance of Gravity: 13. On an instrument for detecting and measuring small changes in the direction and the force of gravity; 14. The lunar disturbance of gravity; Index.

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