The Astronomer Jules Janssen: A Globetrotter of Celestial Physics

The Astronomer Jules Janssen: A Globetrotter of Celestial Physics

by Françoise Launay


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461406969
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 11/24/2011
Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library , #380
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

About the Author

Françoise Launay spent her whole career as a research engineer at the Meudon Observatory, where she was the technical head for a large spectrograph, installed in part of the Château’s outbuildings, in the very location where Janssen carried out his laboratory experiments. She has now joined the history team at the Paris Observatory as an associate researcher, and she devotes herself to discovering unpublished material that documents the lives and work of individuals involved in astronomy, no matter whether they used, conceived, or constructed observational instruments.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Dedication.- Foreword.- Childhood and education.- Spectral analysis and telluric lines.- Janssen and the solar flames: the key eclipse of 1868.- The eclipse of 1870, balloons and patriotic missions.- Janssen and the Sun in majesty: the eclipse of 1871.- Janssen and cinema: the transit of Venus of 1874 and the revolver photographique.- The foundation of the "Paris Observatory for Physical Astronomy"... located in the Meudon estate.- Janssen, the photographic technician.- From Caroline Islandto Washington.- Janssen and Edison’s phonograph.- The saga of the observatory on the summit of Mont Blanc.- Literary salons and educational problems.- Janssen and communication.- Epilogue.- Chronology.- Bibliography.- Index.

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