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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:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
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Hoskin, Michael A.
Discoverers of the universe.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2011
(DLC) 2010031694
(OCoLC)656213173
Named Person: William Herschel; Caroline Lucretia Herschel; Caroline Lucretia Herschel; William Herschel; William Herschel, Sir; Caroline Lucretia Herschel
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Hoskin
ISBN: 9781400838127 1400838126
OCLC Number: 712044660
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 237 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill. (some col.)
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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"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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