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The Heavens on earth : observatories and astronomy in nineteenth-century science and culture

Author: David Aubin; Charlotte Bigg; Heinz Otto Sibum
Publisher: Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2010.
Series: Science and cultural theory.
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<DIV>A cultural history of astronomy in the 19th century that focusses on the issues and perspectives on the role of the observatory in science, society, and culture.</div>
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Heavens on earth.
Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2009041448
(OCoLC)454381592
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Aubin; Charlotte Bigg; Heinz Otto Sibum
ISBN: 9780822392507 082239250X
OCLC Number: 609924583
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 384 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Introduction: observatory techniques in nineteenth-century science and society / David Aubin, Charlotte Bigg, and H. Otto Sibum --
The astronomical capital of the world : Pulkovo Observatory in the Russia of Tsar Nicholas I / Simon Werrett --
The Jesuit on the roof : observatory sciences, metaphysics, and nation building / Massimo Mazzotti --
Eclipse politics in France and Thailand, 1868 / David Aubin --
Keeping the books at Paramatta Observatory / Simon Schaffer --
Training seafarers in astronomy : methods, naval schools, and naval observatories in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France / Guy Boistel --
Astronomy as military science the case of Sweden, ca. 1800/1850 / Sven Widmalm --
Geodesy and map making in France and Algeria : between army officers and observatory scientists / Martina Schiavon --
Michelson and the observatory : physics and the astronomical community in late-nineteenth-century America / Richard Staley --
Even the tools will be free : Humboldt's romantic technologies / John Tresch --
"I thought this might be of interest--" : the observatory as public enterprise / Theresa Levitt --
Staging the heavens : astrophysics and popular astronomy in the late nineteenth century / Charlotte Bigg --
The Berlin Urania, Humboldtian cosmology, and the public / Ole Molvig.
Series Title: Science and cultural theory.
Responsibility: edited by David Aubin, Charlotte Bigg, and H. Otto Sibum.

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