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1 Ian Stewart Glass Nicolas-Louis De La Caille, astronomer and geodesist OB1073 eBook  
2 M.T. Bru??ck Agnes Mary Clerke and the rise of astrophysics OB0694 Book  
3 Simon Mitton Fred Hoyle OB0661 Book  
4 John Louis Emil Dreyer Tycho Brahe OB0657 Book  
5 Barbara J. Becker Unravelling starlight OB0601 Book  
6 Victor E. Thoren ; with contributions by John R. Christianson The Lord of Uraniborg OB0588 Book  
7 Michael Hoskin William and Caroline Herschel I02360 eBook  
8 Martin Mobberley It came from outer space wearing an RAF blazer! I02301 2013 eBook  
9 James Lequeux Le Verrier-- magnificent and detestable astronomer I02194 2013 eBook  
10 Jerry D. Cavin amateur astronomer's guide to the deep-sky catalogs I02172 2012 eBook  
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TitleNicolas-Louis De La Caille, astronomer and geodesist : South African Astronomical Observatory
Author(s)Ian Stewart Glass
PublicationOxford, 1. c2013 2. Oxford University Press,
Description1 online resource : ill
Abstract NoteThis is a comprehensive biography of one of the greatest and most careful observational astronomers of all time. Nicolas-Louis De La Caille mapped the southern sky and named many of the constellations. In addition, he contributed to geodesy, navigation, and celestial mechanics
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
ISBN,Price9780191749315 (ebook)
Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. ASTRONOMY 3. GEODESY
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TitleAgnes Mary Clerke and the rise of astrophysics
Author(s)M.T. Bru??ck
Description1 online resource (x, 275 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteBorn in Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century, Agnes Mary Clerke achieved fame as the author of A History of Astronomy during the Nineteenth Century. Through her quarter-century career, she became the leading commentator on astronomy and astrophysics in the English-speaking world. The biography of Agnes Clerke describes the life and work of this extraordinary woman. It also chronicles the development of astronomy in the last decades of pre-Einstein science, and introduces many of the great figures in astronomy of that age including Huggins, Lockyer, Holden and Pickering; their achievements and their rivalries. The story follows her friendship with William and Margaret Huggins, and her prolific correspondence with eminent astronomers of the time. This biography will fascinate scientists, and anyone who admires intellectual achievement brought about through love of learning and sheer hard work
Contents NoteFamily 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
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Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. ASTRONOMY
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TitleFred Hoyle : a life in science
Author(s)Simon Mitton
Description1 online resource (xi, 369 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteThe scientific life of Fred Hoyle (1915???2001) was truly unparalleled. During his career he wrote groundbreaking scientific papers and caused bitter disputes in the scientific community with his revolutionary theories. Hoyle is best known for showing that we are all, literally, made of stardust in his paper explaining how carbon, and then all the heavier elements, were created by nuclear reactions inside stars. However, he constantly courted controversy and two years later he followed this with his 'steady state' theory of the universe. This challenged another model of the universe, which Hoyle called the 'big bang' theory. Fred Hoyle was also famous amongst the general public. He popularised his research through radio and television broadcasts and wrote best-selling novels. Written from personal accounts and interviews with Hoyle's contemporaries, this book gives valuable personal insights into Fred Hoyle and his unforgettable life
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Keyword(s)Astronomers
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TitleTycho Brahe : A Picture of Scientific Life and Work in the Sixteenth Century
Author(s)John Louis Emil Dreyer
Description1 online resource (xvi, 405 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteFamous for his metal prosthetic nose, and for being associated with 'unlucky' days in Scandinavian folklore, Tycho Brahe (1546???1601) made the most accurate naked-eye astronomical measurements of his day. Cataloguing more than 1,000 new stars, his stellar and planetary observations helped lay the foundations of early modern astronomy. John Louis Emil Dreyer (1852???1926) was a fellow Dane, but he spent much of his working life in Ireland. When he was fourteen, he had read a book about Brahe and this inspired him to 'be an astronomer and nothing else'. First published in 1890, Dreyer's biography of his hero remained the definitive work for more than a century. He sets out to illuminate not simply the life of his subject, but also the lives and work of Brahe's contemporaries and the progress of science in the sixteenth century
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Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. ASTRONOMY
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TitleUnravelling starlight : William and Margaret Huggins and the rise of the new astronomy
Author(s)Barbara J. Becker
Description1 online resource (xix, 380 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteChallenging 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 astrophysics. The author re-examines his life and career, exploring unpublished notebooks, correspondence and research projects to expose the boldness of this scientific entrepreneur. While Sir William Huggins is the main focus of the book, the involvement of Lady Margaret Lindsay Huggins (1848???1915) in her husband's research is examined, where it may have been previously overlooked or obscured. Written in an engaging style, this book has broad appeal and will be valuable to scientists, students and anyone interested in the history of astronomy
Contents Note1. 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
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Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. ASTROPHYSICS
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TitleThe Lord of Uraniborg : a biography of Tycho Brahe
Author(s)Victor E. Thoren ; with contributions by John R. Christianson
Description1 online resource (xi, 523 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Abstract NoteThe Lord of Uraniborg is a comprehensive biography of Tycho Brahe, father of modern astronomy, famed alchemist and litte??rateur of the sixteenth-century Danish Renaissance. Written in a lively and engaging style, Victor Thoren's biography offers interesting perspectives on Tycho's life and presents alternative analyses of virtually every aspect of his scientific work. A range of readers interested in astronomy, history of astronomy and the history of science will find this book fascinating
Contents Note1. A noble humanist -- 2. The new star -- 3. Becoming a professional -- 4. The first years on Hven: 1576-1579 -- 5. Urania's castle -- 6. The flowering of Uraniborg -- 7. First renovations: the solar theory -- 8. The tychonic system of the world -- 9. High tide: 1586-1591 -- 10. The theory of the motion of the moon -- 11. The last years at Uraniborg -- 12. Exile -- 13. A home away from home?
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Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. ASTRONOMY
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TitleWilliam and Caroline Herschel : pioneers in late 18th-Century Astronomy
Author(s)Michael Hoskin
Description1 online resource (viii, 112 pages) : illustrations
Abstract NoteThis beautifully structured book presents the essentials of William and Caroline Herschel's pioneering achievements in late 18th-century astronomy. Michael Hoskin shows that William Herschel was the first observational cosmologist and one of the first observers to attack the sidereal universe beyond the solar system: Herschel built instruments far better than any being used at the royal observatory. Aided by his sister Caroline, he commenced a great systematic survey that led to his discovery of Uranus in 1781. Unlike observers before him, whose telescopes did not reveal them as astronomical objects, Herschel did not ignore misty patches of light. Hoskins points out Herschel's achievement in surveying, cataloguing, and describing them as nebulae and even coming to the correct conclusion that their structure evolved over time, with Newton's gravity being the agent of change. Herschel s surveys established a new astronomy looking at the universe rather than the planets! Michael Hoskins account includes sketches and diagrams from Herschel's manuscripts in the Royal Astronomical Society Archives in which he attempts to delineate the structure of the Milky Way galaxy. While it is well-known that Herschel was a revolutionary in telescope design who constructed the world s largest telescopes, Hoskin also gives the full picture of the man as an entrepreneur who built and traded some 400 telescopes. Hoskin also pays close attention to the role of William's sister Caroline Herschel, who is usually portrayed as a helpmate to her brother. But in fact she became a significant astronomer in her own right
Contents Note1. Vocations in Conflict -- 2. The Construction of the Heavens -- 3. "One of the Greatest Mechanics of His Day" -- 4. The Peerless Assistant -- 5. William's Declining Years -- 6. John's Sacred Duty
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. ASTRONOMY 3. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 4. COSMOLOGY 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 8. Popular Science in Astronomy 9. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleIt came from outer space wearing an RAF blazer! : a fan's biography of Sir Patrick Moore
Author(s)Martin Mobberley
PublicationNew York, Springer, 2013.
Description1 online resource
Abstract NoteTo British television viewers, the name Patrick Moore has been synonymous with Astronomy and Space Travel since he first appeared on The Sky at Night in 1957. To amateur astronomers he has been a source of inspiration, joy, humour and even an eccentric role model since that time. Most people know that his 55 years of presenting The Sky at Night is a world record, but what was he really like in person? What did he do away from the TV cameras, in his observatory, and within the British Astronomical Association, the organisation that inspired him as a youngster? Also, precisely what did he do during the War Years, a subject that has always been shrouded in mystery? Martin Mobberley, a friend of Patrick Moores for 30 years, and a former President of the British Astronomical Association, has spent ten years exhaustively researching Patricks real life away from the TV cameras. His childhood, RAF service, tireless voluntary work for astronomy and charity and his endless book writing are all examined in detail. His astronomical observations are also examined in unprecedented detail, along with the battles he fought along the way and his hatred of bureaucracy and political correctness. No fan of Sir Patrick Moore can possibly live without this work on their bookshelf!
NotesIncludes index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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TitleLe Verrier-- magnificent and detestable astronomer
Author(s)James Lequeux;edited;with an introduction by William Sheehan;translated by Bernard Sheehan
PublicationNew York, Springer, 2013.
Description1 online resource
Abstract NoteLe Verrier was a superb scientist. His discovery of Neptune in 1846 made him the most famous astronomer of his time. He produced a complete theory of the motions of the planets which served as a basis for planetary ephemeris for a full century. Doing this, he discovered an anomaly in the motion of Mercury which later became the first proof of General Relativity. He also founded European meteorology. However his arrogance and bad temper created many enemies, and he was even fired from his position of Director of the Paris Observatory
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. SCIENCE / Astronomy
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Titleamateur astronomer's guide to the deep-sky catalogs
Author(s)Jerry D. Cavin
PublicationNew York, Springer, 2012.
Description1 online resource (x, 380 p.) : ill., ports. (some col.)
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
Keyword(s)1. Astronomers 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. STARS
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