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Early Investigations of Ceres and the Discovery of Pallas

Historical Studies in Asteroid Research

Authors: Cunningham, Clifford J.

  • Continues from 1802 where earlier volume left off to reveal more on the history of the discovery of the first asteroid, emphasizing the mathematical and philosophical aspects of it
  • Whereas the first book contained correspondence and monographs, this volume contains all the scientific papers written about Ceres in the early days, many translated into English from German for the first time
  • Based on extensive archival research on Ceres
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About this book

An asteroid scholar, Cunningham in this book picks up where his Discovery of the First Asteroid, Ceres left off in telling the story of the impact created by the discovery of this new class of object in the early 1800s. The best and brightest minds of mathematics, science, and philosophy were fascinated by Ceres, and figures as diverse as Gauss, Herschel, Brougham, Kant, and Laplace all contributed something to the conversation. The first few chapters deal with the mathematical and philosophical aspects of the discovery, and the rivalry between Germany and France that so affected science and astronomy of that era. The jockeying for glory over the discovery of Ceres by both Piazzi and Bode is examined in detail, as is the reception given to Herschel’s use of the word 'asteroid.' Archival research that reveals the creator of the word 'asteroid' is presented in this book.

 

Astronomy was a truly cosmopolitan field at the time, spanning across various disciplines, and the discovery of Pallas, a story completely told in these pages, exemplifies the excitement and drama of early 1800s astronomy. All the private correspondence about the study of Ceres and Pallas in 1802 is given here, which helps to contextualize and personalize the discovery.

 

About the authors

Clifford J. Cunningham earned his Ph.D. in the history of astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, and he is a research associate with the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand. His undergraduate degrees in physics and classical studies were earned at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has written or edited 14 books on the history of astronomy, and his papers have appeared in many major journals, including Annals of Science, Journal for the History of Astronomy, Culture & Cosmos, Studia Etymologica Cracoviensia, The Asian Journal of Physics, and Renaissance and Reformation. He is associate editor of the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, where several of his asteroid research papers have been published. He is also a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, and since 2001 has been the history of astronomy columnist for Mercury magazine. Asteroid (4276) was named Clifford in his honour by the International Astronomical Union based on the recommendation of its bureau the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Reviews

“The book is a fascinating description of what was taking place at the time in this field of astronomy. … a work of great bibliographic scholarship and as a detailed collection of relevant material from this brief period in asteroidal research will be extremely useful, thought-provoking, and referred to for many years to come.” (David W. Hughes, The Observatory, Vol. 137, August, 2017)

“The author, Clifford Cunningham, is an expert in the History of Astronomy and in particular about the asteroids, on which he authored several books and papers. He therefore represents an authoritative and well-informed source of information. … this book is interesting for its completeness in an intriguing but often overlooked topic of the history of astronomy. Surely worth the reading.” (Gabriella Bernardi, Astrocom et al., astrocometal.blogspot.de, December, 2016)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Mathematics and the Triumph of the Human Intellect

    Cunningham, Clifford

    Pages 1-14

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  • France Versus Germany

    Cunningham, Clifford

    Pages 15-27

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  • Professional Rivalries

    Cunningham, Clifford

    Pages 29-46

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  • Herschel’s New Dynasty

    Cunningham, Clifford

    Pages 47-93

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  • The Discovery of Pallas

    Cunningham, Clifford

    Pages 95-120

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Buy this book

eBook 118,99 €
price for Italia (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-28815-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 145,79 €
price for Italia (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-28813-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Early Investigations of Ceres and the Discovery of Pallas
Book Subtitle
Historical Studies in Asteroid Research
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-28815-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-28815-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-28813-0
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIX, 412
Number of Illustrations and Tables
163 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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