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As for Laplace's nebular hypothesis, it was never specific to a particular solar phase (gas, liquid, or solid).
He even accused Spencer with making the Nebular hypothesis the starting point of his discussion, justifying the same behavior by men like Kirchhoff and Faye as merely supportive and confirmatory [106, p.
Spencer advanced this model in an unsigned popular work entitled Recent Astronomy and the Nebular Hypothesis published in the Westminster Review in 1858 [104].
Faye, which you have described in your numbers for January 28 and February 4, is to a considerable extent coincident with one which I ventured to suggest in an article on 'Recent Astronomy and the Nebular Hypothesis' published in the Westminster Review for July, 1858.
The most widely accepted cosmological model for a universe in flux was "the nebular hypothesis," a name invented by Whewell for a hypothesis first proposed by Immanuel Kant, and then developed by Pierre-Simon de Laplace and William Herschel.
The nebular hypothesis was the subject of heated controversy on three levels: first, there was the nature of the evidence itself; second, the question of what that evidence did or did not prove; and third, what it would mean if the hypothesis turned out to be accurate.
Tennyson's five specific references to the nebular hypothesis reflect the ambiguities surrounding the theory.