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John Herschel's Cape voyage : private science, public imagination, and the ambitions of empire

Author: Steven Ruskin; John F W Herschel
Publisher: Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2004.
Series: Science, technology, and culture, 1700-1945.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1833 John Herschel sailed from London to Cape Town, southern Africa, to undertake (at his own expense) an astronomical exploration of the southern heavens, as well as a terrestrial exploration of the area around Cape Town. After his return to England in 1838, and as a result of his voyage, he was highly esteemed and became Britain's most recognized man of science. In 1847 his southern hemisphere astronomical
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: John F W Herschel; John F W Herschel; John F W Herschel; John F W Herschel
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Ruskin; John F W Herschel
ISBN: 0754635589 9780754635581
OCLC Number: 52553955
Description: xxix, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Herschel's Cape Voyage --
Recasting Herschel's Cape Voyage: Filial Duty vs. Humboldtian Traveling --
The Politics of Herschel's Cape Voyage --
Appropriating Astronomy: Herschel's Cape Observations, Real and Imagined --
The Production of the Cape Results --
The Cape Results: Preparation and Publication --
The Cape Results: Distribution and Reception --
Herschel, Icon --
Herschel, Poetry, and Science.
Series Title: Science, technology, and culture, 1700-1945.
Responsibility: Steven Ruskin.
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Demonstrates the reason for Herschel's renown was due to the notion that his voyage was aligned with imperial ambition. It is the purpose of this book to make a case for the scientific, cultural and  Read more...

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'... all astronomers with an interest in the historical background of their subject will learn much from this informative account of one of the greatest contributions to observational astronomy.' Read more...

 
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