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Unravelling starlight : William and Margaret Huggins and the rise of the new astronomy

Author: Barbara J Becker
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Challenging traditional accounts of the origins of astrophysics, this book presents the first scholarly biography of nineteenth-century English amateur astronomer William Huggins (1824-1910). A pioneer in adapting the spectroscope to new astronomical purposes, William Huggins rose to scientific prominence in London and transformed professional astronomy to become a principal founder of the new science of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographie
Named Person: William Huggins, Sir; Huggins, Lady; Huggins, Lady; William Huggins, Sir; William Huggins; William Huggins; Margaret Huggins
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara J Becker
ISBN: 9781107002296 110700229X
OCLC Number: 665137862
Awards: Winner of Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize for Historical Astronomy 2015.
Description: xix, 380 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. 'The astronomer ... must come to the chemist' --
3. The young observer --
4. 'A sudden impulse ... ' --
5. The riddle of the nebulae --
6. Moving in the inner circle --
7. Stellar motion along the line of sight --
8. A new telescope --
9. Solar observatories --
10. An able assistant --
11. Photographing the solar corona --
12. A scientific lady --
13. Foes and allies --
14. The new astronomy --
15. 'One true mistress' --
16. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Barbara J. Becker.
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