The Scientific Papers of Sir George Darwin: Supplementary Volume

The Scientific Papers of Sir George Darwin: Supplementary Volume


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Sir George Darwin (1845–1912) was the second son 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 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, published in 1916 after the author's death, includes a biographical memoir by his brother Sir Francis Darwin, his inaugural lecture and his lectures on George W. Hill's lunar theory.

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ISBN-13: 9781108004480
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences Series
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 0.31(w) x 9.61(h) x 6.69(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Memoir of Sir George Darwin by his brother Sir Francis Darwin; 2. The scientific work of Sir George Darwin by Professor E. W. Brown; 3. Inaugural lecture; 4. Introduction to dynamical astronomy; 5. Lectures on Hill's lunar theory; 6. On librating planets and on a new family of periodic orbits; 7. Address to the International Congress of mathematicians at Cambridge in 1912; Index.

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