# Looking for a good book

1. Feb 20, 2004

### Matt Jacques

I am having a hard time finding a good book on celestial mechanics, any recommendations?

2. Feb 21, 2004

### enigma

Staff Emeritus
Well,

In this thread I recommended Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications by Vallado.

It does depend on the level of your math abilities and the depth which you want to delve. That book goes has pretty much anything you would want to learn about, but the math can get pretty hairy.

3. Feb 21, 2004

### Matt Jacques

I just searched the Noble (North of Boston Library exchange) library network and no exact matches

This was the only match, infact:

http://innopac.noblenet.org/search/...ameset&FF=tfundamentals+of+astrodynamics&1,1,

I just started Differential Equations, but I skipped Calculus III because it wasn't offered this semester.

4. Feb 21, 2004

### enigma

Staff Emeritus
I've heard that Bate, Mueller and White is a decent book. I haven't looked at it myself, though.

this is the book I've got.

TL1050 .V35 2001

5. Feb 22, 2004

### Matt Jacques

A bit expensive and not at my library :(

6. Apr 6, 2004

### steve stillman

Here is one

My copy looks promising. Its called Fundimentals of Astrodynamics by Roger R. Bate Donald D Mueller and Jerryr E White, 1971, 454 pages,14$, and continuously in reprint at Dover Publications Inc. I have their hard copy winter 2004 catalog of Math and Science. You can order online at doverpublications.com. It has a altitude vs lethal radiation dose. There is a narrow window of safety at 200 miles altitude when inside metal sheilding. A related book I like is Introduction to Space Dynamics by WIlliam Tyrrell Thomson, 1986, 315 pages, 15$, and still in reprint at DOver. I explains jet stabilization and near ground gravity turns. Very interesting.

Steve Stillman

7. Apr 7, 2004