The Georgian Star
How William and Caroline Herschel Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Cosmos
By (author) Michael D. Lemonick
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Georgian Star by Michael D. Lemonick
Book DescriptionTrained as a musician, amateur scientist William Herschel found international fame after discovering the planet Uranus in 1781. Though he is still best known for this finding, his partnership with his sister Caroline yielded groundbreaking work, including techniques that remain in use today. The duo pioneered comprehensive surveys of the night sky, carefully categorizing every visible object in the void. Caroline wrote an influential catalogue of nebulae, and William discovered infrared radiation. Celebrated science writer Michael Lemonick guides readers through the depths of the solar system and into his protagonists' private lives: William developed bizarre theories about inhabitants of the sun; he procured an unheard-of salary for Caroline even while haggling with King George III over the funding for an enormous, forty-foot telescope; the siblings feuded over William's marriage and eventually reconciled. Erudite and accessible, The Georgian Star is a lively portrait of the pair who invented modern astronomy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393065749
(211mm x 145mm x 20mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 10-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael D. Lemonick
Mirror Earth, Paperback (January 2014)
Originally published: New York: Walker & Company, 2012.
Georgian Star, Paperback (February 2010)
"A bright, shiny gift to popular-science collections."-Booklist
Echo of the Big Bang, Paperback (April 2005)» View all books by Michael D. Lemonick
Launched in 2001, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) reported its results two years later with a set of observations that added focus, detail, and insight to our fuzzy view of the cosmos. This work tells the story of WMAP and its revelations. It is both a personal and a scientific tale of discovery.
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Author Biography - Michael D. Lemonick
A former senior science writer at Time, Michael Lemonick is the author of several books, including Echo of the Big Bang. He teaches at Princeton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins Universities, and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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