Original Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy – Monash University – 1991.
Signed by Mardling with separate review notes of examiners Professor Tremaine and Dr Papaloizou and a manuscript note by the author contesting some of the criticism.
A very good production, well bound in academic blue cloth covered boards, end papers, headbands, gilt titling to spine. Fine condition. This copy given to Kevin, who would be Professor Kevin Westfold (1921 – 2001) distinguished Australian astronomer. The Monash observatory carries his name and that of Hutton.
Dr Rosemary Mardling is now an accomplished astrophysicist who divides her time between her alma mater Monash and Geneva University. A key element of her studies is the gravitational interactions between planets and the ways planets form. She is an “occasional” planet hunter at the European Southern Observatory in la Silla, Chile. Who says there’s no fun in Science?
Whilst this work represents the highest level of theoretical mathematics for its period, as history buffs, we love the opening reference to Roche, Darwin (Not Charles) and Chandrasekhar . The French astronomer, Eduard Roche (1820-1883) was the first to study and model binary systems back in 1850. His work included the formulation or “discovery” of the Roche limit a fundamental principle still part of the fabric of astronomical studies of chaos, planetary formation etc and one easily understood!. Sir George Howard Darwin (barrister turned astronomer) progressed thinking further in the late Victorian era, with giant steps being taken by Nobel Prize winning Subrahmanyon Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) whilst he was at Cambridge (Cambridge again).
The Thesis flows as follows … Binary System of Point mass and Polytrope – First Order Analysis (Equations of motion, scaling, perturbation analysis, energy, angular momentum, distortion, circular and elliptical orbits) and the Second Order Analysis with Modified Lindstedt-Poincare and comparisons; Binary System of Two Polytropes; Lyapunov Exponents and continuous mappings and conservative systems; Lyapunov Exponents for First Order Point Mass-Polytype System and Hamiltonian Canonical Form. Various appendices and references expected of the standard.
Worth saying something about the distinguished reviewers. Scott Duncan Tremaine is Canadian and is regarded as in the top hand full of astrophysics world-wide. He coined the term “Kuiper belt” and predicated that the Saturn F ring was formed by two shepherding mini moons (later proven) and the same for the thin rings of Neptune … his co-written book Galactic Dynamics is the “go to text” and has been quoted so far in over 3,000 published research papers. Professor John Papaloizou (then Doctor) is at Cambridge (there you go again) were he specialises in accretion disks in particular regarding planetary formation. He discovered the Papaloiizou-Pringle instability. Both of Mardling’s reviewers have asteroids named after them and given their credentials she must have been either thrilled or in fear.
Top Class Astro Thesis by continuing senior authority Dr Mardling with intriguing leading examiners review notes and a scientifically intimate manuscript note to Professor Westfold by the author regarding her concerns.