A Calendar of the Correspondence of Sir John Herschel

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This volume provides for the first time summaries, descriptions, and documentation for 14,815 letters written by or sent to Sir John Herschel (1792-1871). Herschel's numerous contributions to astronomy as well as to mathematics, physics, chemistry (especially photochemistry and photography), meteorology, philosophy of science, and scientific organization, led his British contemporaries to regard him as the most prominent scientist of his era. Because Herschel corresponded on a remarkable array of topics and with leading figures both in Britain and beyond, this volume gives scholars access to a wealth of revealing new information. The many new uses of the volume are enhanced by its Biographical Register, which indentifies about 1500 of Herschel's correspondents, and its Index, which supplies 30,000 references. This volume is far and away the most extensive source of information on John Herschel ever published. Also included are bibliographies of Herschel's publications and of publications on him.

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This major new reference work provides for the first time summaries, descriptions, and documentation for 14,815 letters written by or sent to Sir John Herschel (1792-1871), one of the most prominent scientists of the nineteenth century. Because future research on Herschel will begin with this volume and because it gives scholars access to a wealth of information relevant to nineteenth-century science, it will be an important resource for all libraries serving scholars concerned with history of science, astronomy, British and South African history, and adjacent areas.

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'It is the most complex collection of Herschels correspondence ever published. So it is a very interesting source for all readers wanting to know more on this man, his work, his time and all those people Herschel was in contact with.' Reviews of Astronomical Tools

' ... this impressive calendar is an essential resource for anyone studying the world of nineteenth-century Britain in general.' British Journal for the History of Science

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Published by Cambridge University Press (1998)
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