The Georgian Star: How William and Caroline Herschel Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Cosmos

The Georgian Star: How William and Caroline Herschel Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Cosmos

by Michael Lemonick

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Overview

“A bright, shiny gift to popular-science collections.”—Booklist
Trained as a musician, amateur scientist William Herschel found international fame after discovering the planet Uranus in 1781. Though he is still best known for this finding, his partnership with his sister Caroline yielded other groundbreaking work that affects how we see the world today. The Herschels made comprehensive surveys of the night sky, carefully categorizing every visible object in the void. Caroline wrote an influential catalogue of nebulae, and William discovered infrared radiation. Veteran science writer Michael D. Lemonick guides readers through the depths of the solar system and into his subjects’ private lives: William developed bizarre theories about inhabitants of the sun; he procured an unheard-of salary for Caroline from King George III even as he hassled over the funding for an enormous, forty-foot telescope; and the siblings feuded over William’s marriage but eventually reconciled.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393337099
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/14/2009
Series: Great Discoveries
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

A former senior science writer at Time, Michael Lemonick is the author of several books, including Echo of the Big Bang. He teaches at Princeton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins Universities, and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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