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Agnes Mary Clerke and the rise of astrophysics

Author: M T Brück
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This biography of Agnes Clerke describes the life and work of this extraordinarily erudite but unassuming woman. Her story is also a chronicle of the development of astronomy in the last decades of pre-Einstein science, and introduces many of the great figures in astronomy of that age, Huggins, Lockyer, Holden, Pickering, Gill, Vogel and Hale, and their achievements and their rivalries. Her life was closely linked  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Agnes M Clerke; Agnes M Clerke; Agnes Mary Clerke; Agnes M Clerke; Agnes M Clerke
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M T Brück
ISBN: 0521808448 9780521808446
OCLC Number: 47805069
Description: x, 275 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 23 cm
Contents: Family background in County Cork --
Ireland and Italy --
London, the literary scene --
The History of astronomy --
A circle of astronomers --
A visit to South Africa --
The System of the stars --
Social life in scientific circles --
Homer, the Herschels and a revised History --
The opinion moulder --
Popularisation, cryogenics and evolution --
Problems in astrophysics --
Women in astronomy in Britain in Agnes Clerke's time --
Revised System of the stars --
Cosmogonies, cosmology and nature's spiritual clues --
Last days and retrospect.
Other Titles: Agnes Mary Clerke & the rise of astrophysics
Responsibility: M.T. Brück.
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This book is an account of the extraordinary career of the mid-nineteenth-century astronomer Agnes Mary Clerke.  Read more...

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