Viktor Safronov: How a Soviet mathematician taught NASA about planet formation | Albiseyler

an early solar system with a star at the center and the first planets forming in a disk around it

We just have to deal with how the planets in our solar system have formed over the past 100 years. In the excerpt below from “what’s wrong with you” (HarperCollins, 2023), Dan Levitt looks at a Soviet mathematician who spent a decade working on a problem most astronomers had given up on, only to be met with disinterest and skepticism when he finally solved it.

More than 4.8 billion years ago, the atoms that made us floated in great clouds of gas and dust toward… well, nowhere. There was no solar system, no planets, no Earth. In fact, for a long time scientists could not explain how our solid planet, let alone one so hospitable to life, appeared in the first place. How was our now stony planet conjured as if by magic from an ethereal cloud of gas and dust? How and when did Earth become so friendly to life? And what hardships were our molecules forced to face until life evolved?

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