This ten lecture series will meet at 7:00 PM in Classroom 311 Bainbridge High School.

- January 22 Solar System Overview

- May 6 Other Planetary Systems

References:

*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:

Instructor:

Paul Middents

360 692 3861