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 Isaac Newton (1642–1727). 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).


Impact Parameter Radius Vector Globular Cluster Galactic Center Inertial Mass 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Harwit
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  1. 1.Department of Astronomy, Space Sciences BuildingCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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