Dynamics and Masses of Astronomical Bodies

  • Martin Harwit
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


The motion of astronomical bodies was first correctly analyzed by Newton, in the second half of the 17th century. He saw that a variety of apparently unrelated observations all had common features and should form part of a single theory of gravitational interaction. To formulate the theory, he had to invent mathematical techniques that described the observations and showed their interrelationship. His struggles with the mathematical problems are recorded in his book Principia Mathematica (Ne00).


Dark Matter Impact Parameter Radius Vector Globular Cluster Differential Rotation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Harwit
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  1. 1.Smithsonian InstitutionNational Air and Space MuseumUSA

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