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Outlines of Astronomy

John Frederick William Herschel

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ISBN 10: 1108013775 / ISBN 13: 9781108013772
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696 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.6in. x 1.8in.Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871) - astronomer, mathematician, chemist - was one of the most important English scientists of the nineteenth century. Son of the famous astronomer William Herschel and nephew of Caroline, he was persuaded by his father to pursue the astronomical investigations William could no longer undertake; Johns subsequent career resulted in a knighthood and a lifetime of accolades. Outlines of Astronomy (1849), an updated and expanded version of his 1833 Treatise on Astronomy, went through eleven editions in two decades and was translated into several languages. Outlines examines terrestrial and celestial phenomena, providing the reader with a wide range of knowledge about the physical world as a whole. The work is an important textbook, the object of which is not to convince or refute opponents, nor to inquire . . . for principles of which we are all the time in full possession - but simply to teach what is known. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781108013772

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Title: Outlines of Astronomy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Paperback

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Book Type: Paperback

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Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871) - astronomer, mathematician, chemist - was one of the most important English scientists of the nineteenth century. Son of the famous astronomer William Herschel and nephew of Caroline, he was persuaded by his father to pursue the astronomical investigations William could no longer undertake; John's subsequent career resulted in a knighthood and a lifetime of accolades. Outlines of Astronomy (1849), an updated and expanded version of his 1833 Treatise on Astronomy, went through eleven editions in two decades and was translated into several languages. Outlines examines terrestrial and celestial phenomena, providing the reader with a wide range of knowledge about the physical world as a whole. The work is an important textbook, the object of which 'is not to convince or refute opponents, nor to inquire ... for principles of which we are all the time in full possession - but simply to teach what is known'.

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In Outlines of Astronomy, Herschel provides an important review of what was known of the physical world in the mid-nineteenth century. His textbook appeals to both the general and the specialist reader as it discusses a range of phenomena, from Earth's basic characteristics to planetary perturbations and sidereal astronomy.

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