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Simon Newcomb, America's first great astronomer

Author: W E Carter; Merri Sue Carter; American Institute of Physics.
Publisher: [New York : American Institute of Physics], 2009.
Series: Physics today, v. 62, no. 2.
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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"In 1854, at age 19, Simon Newcomb stood outside the gates of the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, longing to go inside to see the telescopes and perhaps even meet one of the astronomers. But he had no idea how he might be received; he was not a US citizen and the only knowledge of astronomy that he could claim was what he had been able to glean on his own from a few aged books. He simply could not risk the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Simon Newcomb
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W E Carter; Merri Sue Carter; American Institute of Physics.
OCLC Number: 672352674
Notes: "February 2009."
At head of title: Feature article.
Description: p. 28-33 : col. ill., port. ; 28 cm.
Details: Also available online: http://tinyurl.com/27tyn43.
Series Title: Physics today, v. 62, no. 2.
Other Titles: Feature article
Responsibility: William E. Carter and Merri Sue Carter.

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"In 1854, at age 19, Simon Newcomb stood outside the gates of the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, longing to go inside to see the telescopes and perhaps even meet one of the astronomers. But he had no idea how he might be received; he was not a US citizen and the only knowledge of astronomy that he could claim was what he had been able to glean on his own from a few aged books. He simply could not risk the humiliation of being turned away, he decided, and left without so much as making an inquiry." ©2009 American Institute of Physics.

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