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Eclecticism, opportunism, and the evolution of a new research agenda : William and Margaret Huggins and the origins of astrophysics

Author: Barbara J Becker
Publisher: 1993.
Dissertation: Thesis (Ph. D.)--Johns Hopkins University, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: William Huggins, Sir; Huggins, Lady; Huggins, Lady; William Huggins, Sir
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara J Becker
OCLC Number: 28550969
Notes: From the Abstract, p. iii-iv: "Unpublished notebook records and correspondence bring new evidence to bear on the matter of Huggins' contributions to the development of astrophysics, as well as his collaborative work with his wife, the former Margaret Lindsay Murray. A close analysis of these unpublished materials reveals that Huggins took calculated risks and at the same time garnered support from, and forged strong alliances with, men of science around the world. We see Margaret Huggins as a complementary collaborative partner rather than an "able assistant," and Huggins himself as less of a single-minded, focussed, and exhaustive researcher than a scientific entrepreneur who possessed considerable skill at selecting research projects, designing and manipulating instruments, and rallying influential colleagues' support his his investigative ventures."
Description: 2 v. ; 28 cm.
Other Titles: William and Margaret Huggins and the origins of astrophysics
Responsibility: by Barbara J. Becker.

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