A History of the Solar System

  • Claudio¬†Vita-Finzi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 97-100

About this book


This well illustrated book presents a compact history of the Solar System from its dusty origins 4,600,000 years ago to the present day. Its primary aim is to show how the planets and their satellites, comets, meteors, interplanetary dust, solar radiation and cosmic rays continually interact, sometimes violently, and it reflects humanity's progress in exploring and interpreting this history. The book is intended for a general readership at a time when human and robotic exploration of space is often in the news and should also appeal to students at all levels. It covers the essentials but refers to a large literature which can be accessed via the internet.


Nebulae and Stars Milky Way Galaxy Planetary Systems Solar System Planets, Satellites and Asteroids Comets and Meteorites Sun and Heliosphere Oceans, Atmospheres and Life Orbits and Impacts

Authors and affiliations

  • Claudio¬†Vita-Finzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesNatural History Museum Department of Earth SciencesLondonUnited Kingdom

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