Tofigh Heidarzadeh, "A History of Physical Theories of Comets, From Aristotle to Whipple (Archimedes)"
Springer | June 2, 2008 | ISBN: 140208322X | PDF | 278 pages | 5.4 MB
Although the development of ideas about the motion and trajectory of comets has been investigated piecemeal, we lack a comprehensive and detailed survey of ph- ical theories of comets. The available works either illustrate relatively short periods in the history of physical cometology or portray a landscape view without adequate details. The present study is an attempt to review – with more details – the major physical theories of comets in the past two millennia, from Aristotle to Whipple. My research, however, did not begin with antiquity.