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Sky and ocean joined : the U.S. Naval Observatory, 1830-2000

Author: Steven J Dick
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A colourful history of 170 years of scientific discovery at the United States Naval Observatory.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Dick
ISBN: 0521815991 9780521815994
OCLC Number: 48777445
Awards: Winner of Society for History in the Federal Government George Pendleton Prize 2004.
Winner of John Lyman Book Award: Science and Technology 2002.
Description: xiii, 609 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Prelude. Perspectives and problems: the nation, the navy, the stars --
PART I. The founding era, 1830-65 --
From depot to national observatory, 1830-46 --
Choice of roles: the Maury years, 1844-61 --
Foundations of the American Nautical Almanac Office, 1849-65 --
Gilliss and the Civil-War years --
PART II. The golden era, 1866-93 --
Scientific life and work --
Asaph Hall, the Great Refractor, and the moons of Mars --
William Harkness and the transits of Venus of 1874 and 1882 --
Simon Newcomb and his work --
PART III. The twentieth century --
Observatory circle: a new site and administrative challges for the twentieth century --
Space: the astronomy of position and its uses --
Time: a service for the world --
Navigation: from stars to satellites.
Responsibility: Steven J. Dick.
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