This ten lecture series will meet at 7:00 PM in Classroom 311 Bainbridge High School.
Worlds Without End, the exploration of planets known and unknown, John S. Lewis, Helix Books 1998
I want to thank Malcolm Saunders for bringing this reference to my attention. It is readable, not overly technical and very reliable.
Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System, John S. Lewis, Academic Press, 1995
This is a very comprehensive and technical book by the same author. I have used it extensively for several years.
Newton’s Clock, Chaos in the Solar System, Ivars Peterson, W.H. Freeman 1993
This is an excellent popular treatment of solar system dynamics by one of the best popular science authors and reporters. Peterson has a real feel for mathematics and can communicate complex mathematical ideas very effectively.
Rare Earth, Don Brownlee and Peter Ward, Springer 2000
This book received a lot of attention when it was published. Brownlee and Ward are both UW faculty members. I recommend it and will be drawing on it.
Solar System Dynamics, C.D. Murray & S.F. Dermott, Cambridge, 1999
This is a very comprehensive, mathematical treatment with lots of illustrative material in the form of Mathematica notebooks. This a link to book website:
This is a link to the Mathematica web site. The MathReader program allows you to view Mathematica notebooks.
Destiny or Chance, our solar system and its place in the cosmos, Stuart Ross Taylor, Cambridge, 1998
This covers much of the same territory as Worlds Without End from a little different perspective.
Solar System Evolution, Stuart Ross Taylor, Cambridge, 1992
This is a technical look at the subject by the same author.
Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps, Peter Galison, Norton 2003
This is a new book with a very interesting historical perspective on the influence of Einstein's work in the patent office and Poincaré's engineering background on their contributions to the theory of relativity. It's relevance to our topic lies in Poincaré's contribution to the origin of chaos theory.
Celestial Encounters, The Origins of Chaos and Stability, Florin Diacu & Philip Holmes, Princeton, 1996
This book covers some of the same material as Peterson's book in somewhat more mathematical detail. It is not overwhelming though and is considered an important book.
I will be drawing heavily on web resources. Here are a few to get you started: