Historical & Cultural Astronomy

The Scientific Legacy of William Herschel

Editors: Cunningham, Clifford J. (Ed.)

  • Examines William Herschel's discoveries from a multi-disciplinary perspective incorporating analysis of instrumentation and even theories of extraterrestrial life
  • Includes the first English translations about Herschel and his findings from numerous literary sources
  • Includes original never before published research in each chapter
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About this book

This book presents a modern scholarly analysis of issues associated with England’s most famous astronomer, William Herschel. The world’s leading experts on Herschel, discoverer of the planet Uranus, here offer their combined wisdom on many aspects of his life and astronomical research. Solar system topics include comets, Earth’s Moon, and the spurious moons of Uranus, all objects whose observation was pioneered by Herschel. 

The contributors examine his study of the structure of the Milky Way and  offer an in-depth look at the development of the front view telescopes he built. The popular subject of extraterrestrial life is looked at from the point of view of both William Herschel and his son John, both of whom had an interest in the topic. William’s personal development through the educational system of the late 18th century is also explored, and the wide range of verse and satire in various languages associated with his discoveries is collected here for the first time. Hershel worked at a time of incredible discovery, and his work is still highly regarded in the field. Here it is given a thorough investigation, putting into perspective his path-breaking career.

About the authors

Clifford J. Cunningham did his Ph.D. work in the history of astronomy at James Cook University and the University of Southern Queensland in Australia; he is an astronomer at USQ and a research associate with the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand. He has written or edited 13 books on the history of astronomy, and his papers have been published in many major journals, including Annals of Science, Journal for the History of Astronomy, Culture & Cosmos, Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, Studia Etymologica Cracoviensia, The Asian Journal of Physics and Renaissance & Reformation.  Asteroid (4276) was named Clifford in his honor by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is the author of a series of books on the discovery of Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta, some titles still forthcoming from Springer.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Becoming an Astronomer: William Herschel’s Journey Through an Eighteenth-Century Education

    Winterburn, Emily

    Pages 1-23

  • William Herschel and Comets

    Sullivan, Woodruff T., III

    Pages 25-57

  • William Herschel’s ‘Star Gages’ and the Structure of the Milky Way

    Steinicke, Wolfgang

    Pages 59-95

  • William Herschel and the “Front-View” Telescopes

    Ceragioli, Roger

    Pages 97-238

  • William and John Herschel’s Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life

    Crowe, Michael J.

    Pages 239-274

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32826-3
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32825-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Scientific Legacy of William Herschel
Editors
  • Clifford J. Cunningham
Series Title
Historical & Cultural Astronomy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32826-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32826-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32825-6
Series ISSN
2509-310X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 373
Number of Illustrations and Tables
90 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
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