The Shadow of the Telescope: A Biography of John Herschel

The Shadow of the Telescope: A Biography of John Herschel

by Gunther Buttman

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The Shadow of the Telescope: A Biography of John Herschel by Gunther Buttman

This first full-length biography of Sir John Herschel tells of a remarkable man who contributed to nearly every branch of astronomy, and to half a dozen other sciences as well. The only son of the astronomer Sir William Herschel (founder of stellar astronomy and discoverer of the planet Uranus), he comes vividly to life in descriptions of his personality and his varied achievements.
Making admirable use of John Herschel's unpublished correspondence, diaries, and notebooks, the author covers his extensive astronomical observations at Cape Town in South Africa, his pioneering work in photography and in physical optics in Britain, his unhappy experiences as Master of the Mint – and much more.
John Herschel was so attractive and enterprising an individual that his biography will appeal to general readers as well as to professionals – historians of science, astronomers, and scientists in related fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718820879
Publisher: Lutterworth Press, The
Publication date: 12/29/2001
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction by David S. Evans
1. The Young Prodigy
2. Versatility, Vocation, and Travel
3. The Astronomical Heritage
4. At the Cape of Good Hope
5. Constellation Reform and Terrestrial Magnetism
6. Photography and Photochemistry
7. The Collingwood Period
8. Public Office and Last Years
Reference Notes
Bibliography
Index

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