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The Formation of the Solar System,


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Introduction; Introduction to the Second Edition; Prologue: The Dreamer; General Background; Theories Come and Theories Go; Measuring Atoms and the Universe; Greek Offerings; The Shoulders of Giants; The Sun and the Planets; Satellites and Rings; Smaller Bodies of the Solar System; The Problem to be Solved; The French Connection; American Catherine Wheels; British Big Tides; Russian Cloud Capture - With British Help; German Vortices - With a Little French Help; McCrea's Floccules; What Early Theories Indicate; Disks Around New Stars; Planets Around Other Stars; What a Theory Should Explain Now; The New Solar Nebula Theory: The Angular Momentum Problem; Making Planets Top-Down; A Bottom-Up Alternative; Making Planets Faster; Wandering Planets; Back to Top-Down; This is the Stuff that Stars are Made of; Making Dense Cool Clouds; A Star is Born, Lives and Dies; Close to the Madding Crowd; Close Encounters of the Stellar Kind; Ever Decreasing Circles; How Many Planetary Systems?; Starting a Family; Tilting - But not at Windmills; The Terrestrial Planets Raise Problems; A Biggish Bang Theory: The Earth and Venus; Behold the Wandering Moon; Fleet Mercury and Warlike Mars; Gods of the Sea and the Nether Regions; Bits and Pieces - Asteroids, Comets and Dwarf Planets; Making Atoms with a Biggish Bang; Is the Capture Theory True?; Epilogue: An Autumn Evening;

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