Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more



Published: 29 May 2012

192 Pages | 60 b/w illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199891009

Also Available As:


Bookseller Code (06)

The Ballet of the Planets

A Mathematician's Musings on the Elegance of Planetary Motion

Donald Benson

  • Uses bright, accessible language to explain planetary motion to the nonscientist
  • Illustrates how and why the scientific method worked in the past and how it continues to work today
  • Shows that ancient theories of planetary motion were based on the assumptions that the Earth was the center of the universe and the planets moved in a uniform circular motion
  • Focuses on naked-eye astronomy, which makes it easy for the novice to grasp the work of these pioneers of astronomy

Also of Interest