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Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, 1820-1831 : the founding of a colonial observatory : incorporating a biography of Fearon Fallows

Author: Brian Warner; Fearon Fallows
Publisher: Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, ©1995.
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This volume presents a comprehensive account of the origin, construction and use of the first major astronomical observatory in the southern hemisphere. Technical aspects, such as the instruments and their makers, the installation of the instruments and their initial problems, are described. In addition, the difficulties of founding a scientific institution in a remote colony are discussed in detail. The book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Warner, Brian.
Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, 1820-1831.
Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, c1995
(OCoLC)610153743
Named Person: Fearon Fallows; Fearon Fallows
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Warner; Fearon Fallows
ISBN: 0792335279 9780792335276
OCLC Number: 32465151
Description: xii, 241 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. From Cockermouth to the Cape via Cambridge --
Ch. 2. Cape residence --
Ch. 3. Birth of the observatory --
Ch. 4. Instrumentation --
Ch. 5. Life at the observatory --
Ch. 6. No bed of roses.
Responsibility: by Brian Warner.
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This volume presents a comprehensive account of the origin, construction and use of the first major astronomical observatory in the southern hemisphere. Technical aspects, such as the instruments and their makers, the installation of the instruments and their initial problems, are described. In addition, the difficulties of founding a scientific institution in a remote colony are discussed in detail. The book includes a biography of the Cambridge-trained mathematician Fearon Fallows, the Observatory's first Director. The architecture, building methods and construction techniques are analyzed. There is also a wealth of detail on social aspects of life in Cape Town in the 1820s, including slavery and ecclesiastical matters. The book is unusual in the emphasis it gives to the human side of the story. It will be of interest to historians of science, astronomers, and historians, particularly of early nineteenth-century South Africa.

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