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Le Verrier—Magnificent and Detestable Astronomer

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This book explores the scientific career of a man whose 1846 discovery of Neptune made him the most famous astronomer of his time, while his arrogance and bad temper made him many enemies, even to the point of his dismissal as Director of the Paris Observatory.

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Titel: Le Verrier—Magnificent and Detestable Astronomer
Autoren/Herausgeber: James Lequeux
Aus der Reihe: Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Ausgabe: 2013

ISBN/EAN: 9781489986542
Originaltitel: Le Verrier, savant magnifique et deteste
Originalsprache: Französisch

Seitenzahl: 337
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 545 g
Sprache: Englisch, Französisch

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 four books, including The Interstellar Medium (Springer 2005).

Translated from the original French by Bernard Sheehan; Edited and with an introduction by Dr. William Sheehan, a neuroscientist and amateur astronomer who is also a research fellow of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, ArizonaLe Verrier was a superb scientist. His discovery of Neptune in 1846 made him the most famous astronomer of his time. He produced a complete theory of the motions of the planets which served as a basis for planetary ephemeris for a full century. Doing this, he discovered an anomaly in the motion of Mercury which later became the first proof of General Relativity. He also founded European meteorology. However his arrogance and bad temper created many enemies, and he was even fired from his position of Director of the Paris Observatory.

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