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Great Astronomers

Great Astronomers

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Great Astronomers
R. S. Ball
 
Table of Contents
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Great Astronomers
R. S. Ball
Preface
Introduction
PTOLEMY.
COPERNICUS.
TYCHO BRAHE.
GALILEO.
KEPLER.
ISAAC NEWTON.
FLAMSTEED.
HALLEY.
BRADLEY.
WILLIAM HERSCHEL.
LAPLACE.
BRINKLEY.
JOHN HERSCHEL.
THE EARL OFROSSE.
AIRY.
HAMILTON.
LE VERRIER.
ADAMS.
This page copyright © 2000 Blackmask Online.
 PREFACE.
It has been my object in these pages to present the life of each astronomer in such detail as to enable thereader to realise in some degree the man's character and surroundings; and I have endeavoured to indicate asclearly as circumstances would permit the main features of the discoveries by which he has become known.There are many types of astronomers−−from the stargazer who merely watches the heavens, to the abstractmathematician who merely works at his desk; it has, consequently, been necessary in the case of some livesto adopt a very different treatment from that which seemed suitable for others.While the work was in progress, some of the sketches appeared in "Good Words." The chapter on Brinkleyhas been chiefly derived from an article on the "History of Dunsink Observatory," which was published onthe occasion of the tercentenary celebration of the University of Dublin in 1892, and the life of Sir WilliamRowan Hamilton is taken, with a few alterations and omissions, from an article contributed to the "QuarterlyReview" on Graves' life of the great mathematician. The remaining chapters now appear for the first time. Formany of the facts contained in the sketch of the late Professor Adams, I am indebted to the obituary noticewritten by my friend Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher, for the Royal Astronomical Society; while with regard to the lateSir George Airy, I have a similar acknowledgment to make to Professor H.H. Turner. To my friend Dr.Arthur A. Rambaut I owe my hearty thanks for his kindness in aiding me in the revision of the work.R.S.B. The Observatory, Cambridge. October, 1895
 INTRODUCTION.
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