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The construction of the heavens : the cosmology of William Herschel

Author: Michael A Hoskin
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The astronomical observations of William Herschel (1738-1822) made him question the accepted model of the clockwork universe. This volume explains the development of Herschel's thoughts on what he called 'the construction of the heavens' and reprints his principal papers on this subject. The preliminary chapters provide an introduction to Herschel, including his unusual path to astronomy, the discovery of Uranus
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Named Person: William Herschel; William Herschel
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Hoskin
ISBN: 9781107018389 1107018382
OCLC Number: 756767602
Description: viii, 205 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Part I. Herschel's Exploration of the Cosmos: 1. The making of an astronomer; 2. Our neighbours among the stars; 3. The riddle of the nebulae: (1) true nebulosity?; 4. The riddle of the nebulae: (2) nebulosity rejected; 5. The riddle of the nebulae: (3) nebulosity confirmed; 6. Retrospect: William Herschel and the construction of the heavens --
Part II. Herschel's Cosmological Papers in Philosophical Transactions: 1783: 'On the proper motion of the sun and solar system'; 1784: 'Observations tending to investigate the construction of the heavens'; 1785: 'On the construction of the heavens'; 1789: 'Remarks on the construction of the heavens'; 1791: 'On nebulous stars'; 1802: 'Remarks on the construction of the heavens'; 1811: 'Observations relating to the construction of the heavens'; 1814: 'Observations relating to the sidereal part of the heavens'.
Responsibility: Michael Hoskin ; with astrophysical notes by David Dewirst, Wolfgang Steinicke.
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A comprehensive study of William Herschel's pivotal discoveries, including an extensive biographical section, eight original papers and full notes.  Read more...

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'This highly recommended book stands alone as an outstanding academic summary of Herschel's most important cosmological achievements.' Astronomy Now

 
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