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Discoverers of the universe : William and Caroline Herschel

Autore: Michael A Hoskin
Editore: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : Biography : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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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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Genere/forma: Biography
Persona incaricata: William Herschel; Caroline Lucretia Herschel
Tipo materiale: Biography
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Michael A Hoskin
ISBN: 9780691148335 0691148333
Numero OCLC: 656213173
Descrizione: xvi, 237 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contenuti: 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".
Responsabilità: 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,  Per saperne di più…

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