Celestial Mechanics

  • David Hestenes
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 15)


Celestial Mechanics is the crowning glory of Newtonian mechanics. It has revolutionized man’s concept of the Cosmos and his place within it. Its spectacular successes in the 18th and 19th centuries established the unique power of mathematical theory for precise explanation and prediction. In the 20th century it has been overshadowed by exciting developments in other branches of physics. But the last three decades have seen a resurgence of interest in celestial mechanics, because it is a basic conceptual tool for the emerging Space Age.


Orbital Period Gravitational Field Orbital Element Orbital Plane Celestial Mechanics 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Hestenes
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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