Agnes Mary Clerke and the Rise of Astrophysics

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Cambridge University Press, 09.05.2002 - 275 Seiten
Born in Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century, Agnes Mary Clerke achieved fame as the author of A History of Astronomy during the Nineteenth Century. Through her quarter-century career, she became the leading commentator on astronomy and astrophysics in the English-speaking world. The biography of Agnes Clerke describes the life and work of this extraordinary woman. It also chronicles the development of astronomy in the last decades of pre-Einstein science, and introduces many of the great figures in astronomy of that age including Huggins, Lockyer, Holden and Pickering; their achievements and their rivalries. The story follows her friendship with William and Margaret Huggins, and her prolific correspondence with eminent astronomers of the time. This biography will fascinate scientists, and anyone who admires intellectual achievement brought about through love of learning and sheer hard work.
 

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Introduction
1
1 Family background in County Cork
3
2 Ireland and Italy
16
3 London the literary scene
31
4 The History of Astronomy
39
5 A circle of astronomers
48
6 A visit to South Africa
62
7 The System of the Stars
79
12 Problems in Astrophysics
161
13 Women in astronomy in Britain in Agnes Clerkes time
175
14 Revised System of the Stars
189
15 Cosmogonies cosmology and Natures spiritual clues
204
16 Last days and retrospect
213
17 Epilogue
229
Notes
233
Appendix
261

8 Social life in scientific circles
98
9 Homer the Herschels and a revised History
115
10 The opinion moulder
131
11 Popularisation cryogenics and evolution
148

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Mary Bruck gained her PhD in astronomy from the University of Edinburgh, where she went on to become a Senior Lecturer in astronomy. Her main research interest was in photographic stellar photometry and spectroscopy. Now retired, she has a special interest in nineteenth century British and Irish women in astronomy, about whom she has written numerous articles. In 2001, Dr Bruck was awarded the Lorimer Medal of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh.

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