Origin of Earth and Planets – Levin

In this post, we will see the book Origin Of The Earth And Planets by B. Y. Levin.

About the book

Elucidation from a single point of departure of the basic structural features of the solar system, of the structure and evolution of the Earth and the other celestial bodies, is the goal of the scientists engaged in planetary cosmogony. Soviet science is successfully advancing towards this objective. In recent years, thanks to the efforts of Otto Schmidt, member of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences, and his group of scientists, the foundations have been laid of a theory concerning the origin of the Earth and the planets. This theory, together with the closely related problems of the Earth’s internal structure and evolution, is the subject of the present book.


The book was translated from Russian by A. Shkarovsky and edited by J. Gibbons. The book was published by Foreign Languages Publishing House.

Original scan by DLI.

You can get the book here.

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Introduction 5

1. The Structure of the Solar System 7
2. The Development of Planetary Cosmogony 16
3. Academician Schmidt’s Theory of Planetary Formation 28
4. The Origin of the Circum-Solar Gas-Dust Cloud 42
5. The Composition of the Planets 47
6. Asteroids, Meteorites and Comets 58
7. The Internal Structure of the Earth 67
8. The Age of the Earth 77

Conclusion 83

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