Astronomers' Universe

Orreries, Clocks, and London Society

The Evolution of Astronomical Instruments and Their Makers

Authors: Buick, Tony

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  • Explores the fascinating history of clockmaking and orreries
  • Paints a vivid picture of London science and society
  • Includes new sections on planetariums and orreries in education
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About this book

Orreries—mechanical models of the Solar System and its motions—are found everywhere. They appear in paintings, on computers, across natural landscapes, and in museums all over the world. The more you look, the more you find, yet their significance is often overlooked aside other great astronomical inventions.

This book reclaims the history of the orrery, offering a fascinating look into its evolution over the centuries. With a particular focus on London society and clockmakers, it weaves together historical narrative with practical know-hows and scientific fact, showing how the orrery changed from a fanciful toy to a high-tech instrument to a vessel for art and education. 

The first edition, Orrery, explained what an orrery is and how it got its name. This revised edition goes several steps further, tracing the instrument back to the time of Ptolemy and forward to planetariums and star projectors. In addition, it features new sections on how to construct your own orrery at home.

This book will appeal to anybody interested in astronomical mechanical devices, scientific instruments, horology, or the history of clocks.


About the authors

Dr. Tony Buick is a chemist by profession and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In the area of amateur astronomy, he has contributed to Sky at Night, MENSA, the Society for Popular Astronomy and various other magazines and journals. Upon his retirement, Dr. Buick returned to his lifelong interest in astronomy, prompting the research that forms the foundation of this book. He has a wide range of interests, from the infinite— through a telescope—to the infinitesimal—through a microscope—and has in addition to his astronomy work published articles on tardigrades, robust microscopic animals that can even survive in space.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Setting the Scene

    Pages 1-52

    Buick, Tony

  • Honest George, Chronometers and the Mystery of the Disappearing Proto-Orreries

    Pages 53-96

    Buick, Tony

  • Orrery: The Man and the Model

    Pages 97-154

    Buick, Tony

  • A Closer Look at Gear Calculations, Time Corrections, Escapements and Orbital Resonance

    Pages 155-221

    Buick, Tony

  • The Clockmaker’s London

    Pages 223-270

    Buick, Tony

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-61777-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Softcover $34.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-61776-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions & severe weather in the US may cause delays
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Orreries, Clocks, and London Society
Book Subtitle
The Evolution of Astronomical Instruments and Their Makers
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-61777-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-61777-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-61776-9
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXVII, 348
Number of Illustrations
167 b/w illustrations, 88 illustrations in colour
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