Illustrations; Preface; Part I. Planetesimals and Stelllar Encounters: 1. Introduction; 2. A geologist among astronomers: the Chamberlin-Moulton theory; 3. Jeans, Jeffreys and the decline of encounter theories; Part II. Nebular Rebirth and Stellar Death: 4. Introduction; 5. Methodology; 6. Nuclear cosmochronology and Hoyle's research programme; 7. Cameron's programme; 8. Isotopic anomalies and the supernova trigger; Part III. Planetogony and Plasma: 9. Safronov's programme; 10. The giant planets; 11. Chemical cosmogony: the terrestrial planets; 12. Alfven's electromagnetic programme; Part IV. Whence the Moon?; 13. Introduction; 14. Early history of selenogony; 15. Harold Urey and the origin of the moon; 16. History of modern selenogony; Abbreviations; Reference list and citation index; Index.
Fruitful Encounters surveys the development of theories of the origin of the solar system in the twentieth century.
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