Resolute and Undertaking Characters: The Lives of Wilhelm and Otto Struve

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Wilhelm Struve founded a dynasty of astronomers that lasted into the fifth generation. This book follows the fortunes of the first three generations: Wilhelm himself was an outstanding astronomer and geodesist, famous for his pioneering observations of double stars - observations whose quality had not been surpassed until the development of modern methods of instrumental observational analysis. He is also well known as one of the three men who - almost simultaneously - succeeded in measuring the distance to one ...
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Wilhelm Struve founded a dynasty of astronomers that lasted into the fifth generation. This book follows the fortunes of the first three generations: Wilhelm himself was an outstanding astronomer and geodesist, famous for his pioneering observations of double stars - observations whose quality had not been surpassed until the development of modern methods of instrumental observational analysis. He is also well known as one of the three men who - almost simultaneously - succeeded in measuring the distance to one of the fixed stars. He founded the great observatory of Pulkovo, just outside modern Leningrad, and was succeeded as Director of the institution by his son Otto, who forms the subject of the second part of the book. Otto, too, was a famous observer of double stars and a great practitioner of the fundamental astronomy of the nineteenth century.
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'Working from primary sources, Dr. Batten has produced a fascinating and thoughtful account that is both important and entertaining - a fine addition to the growing number of astronomical biographies, and a significant contribution to the history of the science, because of the author's attempt to humanize the story of scientific achievement.'
R. Baum, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, 89 (1988)
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Preface. General Note. Bibliographical Note. Acknowledgements. Chronological Summary of the lives of Wilhelm and Otto Struve. 1: Family Origins and Wilhelm's Childhood. 2: Student Days at Dorpat University. 3: Astronomy at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century. 4: Measuring the Earth. 5: The Great Refractor. 6: The Founding of Pulkovo. 7: The Astronomical Capital of the World. 8: Measuring the Sky. 9: The Early Pulkovo Years. 10: 'Etudes d'astronomie stellaire'. 11: Wilhelm's Illness and Last Years, 12: The Transition. 13: The Companion of Procyon and the Transits of Venus. 14: The 30-inch Refractor. 15: Mapping the Sky. 16: Otto's Retirement and Last Years. Epilogue: The Family Tradition. Name Index. Subject Index.
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