A History of Astronomy, first published in 1907, offers a comprehensive introduction to the steady development of the science since its inception in the ancient world up to the momentous progress of the nineteenth century. It includes biographical material relating to the most famous names in the study of astronomy – Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Herschel – and their contributions, clear and accessible discussions of key discoveries, as well as detailing the incremental steps in technology with which many of the turning points in astronomy were intimately bound up.
1. Early Notions 2. He Eastern Nations of Antiquity 3. The Greeks 4. The Arabs 5. The Revival – Copernicus – Tycho Brahe 6. Kepler – Galileo 7. Newton 8. Newton’s Successors: Laplace 9. Flamsteed – Halley – Bradley – Herschel 10. The Early Nineteenth Century – Neptune 11. Herschel – Bessel – Struve 12. Comets 13. The Sun – Eclipses – Parallax 14. General Astronomy and Celestial Mechanics 15. Observations and Instruments 16. Adjustment of Observations. Personal Errors 17. The Sun 18. Solar Spectroscopy 19. Solar Eclipses – Spectroscopy 20. The Moon 21. The Earth 22. The Interior Planets 23. Mars 24. Minor Planets 25. The Major Planets 26. The Solar System 27. Comets, Meteors, Zodiacal Light 28. The Stars – Catalogues – Proper Motion – Parallax – Magnitude 29. Double Stars 30. Variable Stars 31. Clusters – Nebulae – Milky Way 32. Stellar Spectroscopy 33. Conclusion
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