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Fire in the sky : comets and meteors, the decisive centuries in British art and science

Author: Roberta J M Olson; Jay M Pasachoff
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1999
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries produced a larger number and greater variety of representations of comets and meteors than anywhere else. This beautifully illustrated book examines  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roberta J M Olson; Jay M Pasachoff
ISBN: 0521630606 9780521630603 0521663598 9780521663595
OCLC Number: 1039071204
Description: XIV, 369 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction; 1. Prelude: the beginning of telescopic astronomy and the background of British astronomy and artistic traditions; 2. The heavens on fire: the eighteenth century; 3. The comet-crazed century opens; 4. The triumph of realism; 5. Donati's comet, the watershed; 6. The origin of comet (and meteor) photography; 7. The triumph of the imagination; 8. Comets and the new century; Epilogue: comets and the new millennium; Appendices; List of illustrations; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Roberta J.M. Olson and Jay M. Pasachoff ; epilogue by Colin Pillinger.

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