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Discoverers of the universe : William and Caroline Herschel

Author: Michael A Hoskin
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This biography traces William and Caroline Herschel's many extraordinary contributions to astronomy, shedding new light on their productive but complicated relationship, and setting their scientific achievements in the context of their personal struggles, larger-than-life ambitions, bitter disappointments, and astonishing triumphs.--Book jacket.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William Herschel; Caroline Lucretia Herschel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Hoskin
ISBN: 9780691148335 0691148333
OCLC Number: 656213173
Description: xvi, 237 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: The Herschel family --
August 1772: the partnership convenes --
1707-1773: a musician's odyssey --
1773-1778: vocations in conflict --
1779-1781: an enthusiasm shared --
1781-1782: royal patronage --
1782-1783: "Astronomer to his majesty" --
1783-1785: the construction of the heavens --
1782-1790: "one of the greatest mechanics of his day" --
1786-1788: "gold can glitter as well as the stars" --
1788-1798: "noble and worthy priestess of the new heavens" --
1788-1810: "the most celebrated of all the astronomers of the universe" --
1792-1822: the torch is handed on --
1822-1833: John's "sacred duty" --
1833-1848: "the completion of my father's work."
Responsibility: Michael Hoskin.

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Tells the story of William Herschel, the brilliant, fiercely ambitious, emotionally complex musician and composer who became court astronomer to Britain's King George III, and of William's sister,  Read more...

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"The Herschels, claims Hoskin, were foremost in changing the view of the universe from a static, mechanical creation to that of a living, changing cosmos... Drawing from William's papers, as well as Read more...

 
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