The Foundations of Celestial Mechanics
by George W. Collins, II
Publisher: Pachart Pub House 2004
Number of pages: 145
The notions of Hamiltonians and Lagrangians are as vibrate and vital today as they were a century ago and anyone who aspires to a career in astronomy or physics should have been exposed to them. There are also similar historical items unique to astronomy to which an aspirant should be exposed. Astronomical coordinate systems and time should be items in any educated astronomer's 'book of knowledge'. While I realize that some of those items are dated, their existence and importance should still be known to the practicing astronomer.
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by Forest Ray Moulton - The MacMillan Company
This is an excellent textbook covering not only celestial mechanics, but a wide range of astrophysics topics. The coverage and detail this book deals with is by no means introductory, and is written for the college level student in mathematics.
by Ernest Brown, Clarence Shook - Cambridge University Press
The purpose of this volume is the development of methods for the calculation of the general orbit of a planet. We attempted to anticipate the difficulties which arise, by setting forth the various devices which may be utilized when needed.
by J.D. Mireles James - Rutgers University
These are notes about some elementary topics in celestial mechanics. They focus primarily on numerical methods for studying n-body problems, but they include enough background material so that they are readable outside the context of that course.
by Richard Fitzpatrick - The University of Texas at Austin
This book will bridge the gap between standard undergraduate treatments of celestial mechanics, which rarely advance beyond two-body orbit theory, and full-blown graduate treatments. A knowledge of elementary Newtonian mechanics is assumed.