Astrophysics and Space Science Library

François Arago

A 19th Century French Humanist and Pioneer in Astrophysics

Authors: Lequeux, James

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  • Provides the background and biography on François Arago, a dominant figure of French physics and astronomy in the first half of the 19th century, and the one whom many consider to be the first astrophysicist
  • Discusses Arago’s collaborations with many of the greatest physicists of all time, including Fresnel, Ampere, Fourier, Humboldt, Young, Faraday, Wheatstone and Oersted
  • Includes the worldwide developments of pure and applied physics, astronomy, meteorology and oceanography that were influenced by Arago
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François Arago, the first to show in 1810 that the surface of the Sun and stars is made of incandescent gas and not solid or liquid, was a prominent physicist of the 19th century. He used his considerable influence to help Fresnel, Ampere and others develop their ideas and make themselves known. This book covers his personal contributions to physics, astronomy, geodesy and oceanography, which are far from negligible, but insufficiently known. Arago was also an important and influential political man who, for example, abolished slavery in the French colonies. One of the last humanists, he had a very broad culture and range of interests. In parallel to his biography, this title also covers the spectacular progresses of science at the time of Arago, especially in France: the birth of physical optics, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. Francois Arago’s life is a fascinating epic tale that reads as a novel.

About the authors

James Lequeux completed his PhD thesis in radioastronomy in 1962 and was an assistant, then associate, professor of physics and astronomy at Paris University until 1966. He was an Astronomer from 1966-1999 and an invited scientist at CalTech from 1968-1969. Dr. Lequeux was also the Director of the Marseilles Observatory from 1983-1988 and was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics for 15 years. He retired in 1999 and then began work on the history of astronomy, a subject he presently writes about. Dr. Lequeux has published over 403 papers and five books, including The Interstellar Medium (Springer 2005) and Le Verrier: Magnificent and Detestable Astronomer (Springer 2013).

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“This book has great potential utility for the historian of astronomy and amply succeeds in its effort to reorient Arago’s legacy around his central role as astronomer while showing the breadth that the role could entail. … this book can be thought of as a corrective to a historical memory that has written astronomy out of Arago’s legacy.” (Theresa Levitt, Journal for the History of Astronomy, Vol. 48 (2), 2017)

“François Arago is a fine, scholarly work, fully footnoted, with a detailed bibliography. The layout and exposition are clear, making it easy to locate specific researches. It is very well written and easy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned much from it, and warmly recommend it to everyone interested in early-19th-Century astronomy and physics.” (Allan Chapman, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1252), June, 2016)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
François Arago
Book Subtitle
A 19th Century French Humanist and Pioneer in Astrophysics
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
421
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-20723-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-20723-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-20722-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35646-4
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 334
Additional Information
Original French edition published by EDP Sciences, Paris, 2008
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