Flamsteed's Stars: New Perspectives on the Life and Work of the First Astronomer Royal, 1646-1719

Flamsteed's Stars: New Perspectives on the Life and Work of the First Astronomer Royal, 1646-1719

by Frances Willmoth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0851157068

ISBN-13: 9780851157061

Pub. Date: 12/18/1997

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

John Flamsteed played a leading role in English astronomy for nearly half a century, from his appointment as 'astronomical observator' to Charles II and first director of the new Royal Observatory at Greenwich, in 1675, through five successive reigns until his death on the last day of 1719. The Observatory's innovative instruments enabled him to plot the movements of…  See more details below

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John Flamsteed played a leading role in English astronomy for nearly half a century, from his appointment as 'astronomical observator' to Charles II and first director of the new Royal Observatory at Greenwich, in 1675, through five successive reigns until his death on the last day of 1719. The Observatory's innovative instruments enabled him to plot the movements of the heavenly bodies with unprecedented accuracy, but he was also in correspondence with other astronomers, participating in the controversies of the day and caught up in a lengthy rivalry with Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley — reflected in the complex publishing history of the Historia Coelestis, detailed here. This book confirms Flamsteed's achievements as astronomer, mathematician, instrument maker and writer on optics, and also discusses more personal issues such as his relations with the Royal Society, his pursuit of professional recognition, and the friction between him and his eventual successor Halley.FRANCES WILLMOTH gained her Ph.D. for her biography of Flamsteed's patron, Sir Jonas Moore. Contributors: JIM BENNETT, FRANCES WILLMOTH, MORDECHAI FEINGOLD,ADRIAN JOHNS, HESTER HIGTON, ROB ILIFFE, IAN G. STEWART, OWEN GINGERICH, ALAN COOK, WILLIAM J. ASHWORTH, ADAM PERKINS

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851157061
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
12/18/1997
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Abbreviated References
Introduction: the King's 'Astronomical Observator'1
Flamsteed's Career in Astronomy: Nobility, Morality and Public Utility17
Astronomy and Strife: John Flamsteed and the Royal Society31
Models for the Practice of Astronomy: Flamsteed, Horrocks and Tycho49
Flamsteed's Optics and the Identity of the Astronomical Observer77
Equipping an Observatory: Flamsteed and Molyneux Discuss an Astronomical Quadrant107
Mathematical Characters: Flamsteed and Christ's Hospital Royal Mathematical School115
'Professor' John Flamsteed145
Edmond Halley and John Flamsteed at the Royal Observatory167
A Unique Copy of Flamsteed's Historia Coelestis (1712)189
'Labour harder than thrashing': John Flamsteed, Property and Intellectual Labour in Nineteenth-Century England199
The Flamsteed Papers in the Archives of the Royal Greenwich Observatory217
A Summary Catalogue of Flamsteed's Papers in the Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives225
Index255

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