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The Neptune file : a story of astronomical rivalry and the pioneers of planet hunting

Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, [2001]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Berkley trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"The Neptune File is the first full account of the dramatic events surrounding the eighth planet's discovery, and the story of two remarkable men who were able to "see" on paper what astronomers looking through telescopes for more than 200 years had overlooked." "Drawing on long-lost documents in George Airy's Neptune scrapbook, which resurfaced mysteriously at an observatory in Chile in 1999, The Neptune File is an  Read more...
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Named Person: John Couch Adams; John Couch Adams
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Standage
ISBN: 0425181731 9780425181737
OCLC Number: 47705731
Notes: Originally published: New York : Walker, ©2000.
Description: xii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Responsibility: Tom Standage.

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"The Neptune File is the first full account of the dramatic events surrounding the eighth planet's discovery, and the story of two remarkable men who were able to "see" on paper what astronomers looking through telescopes for more than 200 years had overlooked." "Drawing on long-lost documents in George Airy's Neptune scrapbook, which resurfaced mysteriously at an observatory in Chile in 1999, The Neptune File is an exploration of the science that underpins planetary astronomy. And the tale continues to unfold, as Tom Standage relates: Since 1995, astronomers have discovered more than 40 planets outside our solar system, opening an intriguing window on the universe. Yet none of these planets have ever been seen. Their discovery - and the history of science - owes much to the two men who unlocked the secret to locating unseen new worlds."--Jacket.

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