Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System

Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System

2nd Edition - February 9, 2004

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  • Author: John Lewis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080470122

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Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System, 2nd Edition, is a comprehensive survey of the planetary physics and physical chemistry of our own solar system. It covers current research in these areas and the planetary sciences that have benefited from both earth-based and spacecraft-based experimentation. These experiments form the basis of this encyclopedic reference, which skillfully fuses synthesis and explanation. Detailed chapters review each of the major planetary bodies as well as asteroids, comets, and other small orbitals. Astronomers, physicists, and planetary scientists can use this state-of-the-art book for both research and teaching. This Second Edition features extensive new material, including expanded treatment of new meteorite classes, spacecraft findings from Mars Pathfinder through Mars Odyssey 2001, recent reflections on brown dwarfs, and descriptions of planned NASA, ESA, and Japanese planetary missions.

Key Features

* New edition features expanded treatment of new meteorite classes, the latest spacecraft findings from Mars, information about 100+ new discoveries of planets and stars, planned lunar and planetary missions, more end-of-chapter exercises, and more
* Includes extensive new material and is amply illustrated throughout
* Reviews each major planetary body, asteroids, comets, and other small orbitals


Advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, and students in astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science courses with background in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Should also appeal to more advanced graduate students and faculty who need a thorough synthesis of the topic.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Astronomical Perspective
    General Description of the Solar System
    The Sun and the Solar Nebula
    The Major Planets
    Pluto and the Icy Satellites of the Outer Planets Comets and Meteors
    Meteorites and Asteroids
    The Airless Rocky Bodies
    The Terrestrial Planets: Mars, Venus, and Earth
    Planets and Life about Other Stars
    Future Prospects
    Appendix III

Product details

  • No. of pages: 655
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: February 9, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080470122

About the Author

John Lewis

John S. Lewis is Professor of Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Space Engineering Research Center of the University of Arizona, has concentrated in recent years on the material and energy resources of nearby space and on the hazards and opportunities presented to mankind by the Near-Earth Asteroids. He is a former Professor of Planetary Sciences and Chemistry at MIT and a Visiting Professor at Cal Tech. He has served as Chairman of a number of international conferences on space science and space development. His contributions to planetary science include the first prediction of coloring matter in the atmosphere of Jupiter. He is also the author of several popular science books, including Rain of Iron and Ice, a popular account of the impact hazard, and Mining the Sky, a survey of resource opportunities in space and their relevance to economic, resource, and environmental issues on Earth. He is also the editor of a 1000-page technical volume, Resources of Near-Earth Space. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of American Rocket Company, and is presently an advisor to the Space Development Corporation's Near-Earth Asteroid Prospector (NEAP) mission.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Arizona, Tucson, U.S.A.

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