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  • Published: 17 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780262539340
  • Imprint: MIT Press Academic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $95.00

Moving Planets Around

An Introduction to N-Body Simulations Applied to Exoplanetary Systems



An introduction to the laws of celestial mechanics and a step-by-step guide to developing software for direct use in astrophysics research.

This book offers both an introduction to the laws of celestial mechanics and a step-by-step guide to developing software for direct use in astrophysics research. It bridges the gap between conventional textbooks, which present a rigorous and exhaustive exposition of theoretical concepts, and applying the theory to tackle real experiments. The text is written engagingly in dialogue form, presenting the research journey of the fictional Alice, Bob, and Professor Starmover. Moving Planets Around not only educates students on the laws of Newtonian gravity, it also provides all that they need to start writing their own software, from scratch, for simulating the dynamical evolution of planets and exoplanets, stars, or other heavenly bodies.

  • Published: 17 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780262539340
  • Imprint: MIT Press Academic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $95.00

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