ABSTRACT

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.

chapter I|7 pages

EARLY NOTIONS

chapter II|6 pages

THE EASTERN NATIONS OF ANTIQUITY

chapter III|11 pages

THE GREEKS

chapter IV|3 pages

THE ARABS

chapter V|13 pages

THE REVIVAL-COPERNICUS-TYCHO BRAHE

chapter VI|12 pages

KEPLER-GALl LEO

chapter VII|10 pages

NEWTON

chapter VIII|12 pages

NEWTON'S SUCCESSORS: LAPLACE

chapter IX|14 pages

FLAMSTEED-HALLEy-BRADLEy-HERSCHEL

chapter X|10 pages

THE EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURy-NEPTUNE

chapter XI|17 pages

HERSCHEL-BESSEL-STRUVE

chapter XII|9 pages

COMETS

chapter XIII|17 pages

THE SUN-EcLIPSES-PARALLAX

chapter XIV|14 pages

GENERAL ASTRONOMY AND CELESTIAL MECHANICS

chapter XV|13 pages

OBSERVATORIES AND INSTRUMENTS

chapter XVI|5 pages

ADJUSTMENT OF OBSERVATIONS. PERSONAL ERRORS

chapter XVII|15 pages

THE SUN

chapter XVIII|10 pages

SOLAR SPECTROSCOPY

chapter XIX|20 pages

SOLAR ECLIPSES-SPECTROSCOPY

chapter XX|11 pages

THE MOON

chapter XXI|9 pages

THE EARTH

chapter XXII|8 pages

THE INTERIOR PLANETS

chapter XXIII|12 pages

MARS

chapter XXIV|7 pages

MINOR PLANETS

chapter XXV|17 pages

THE MAJOR PLANETS

chapter XXVI|6 pages

THE SOLAR SYSTEM

chapter XXVII|28 pages

COMETS, METEORS, ZODIACAL LIGHT

chapter XXIX|11 pages

DOUBLE STARS

chapter XXX|17 pages

VARIABLE STARS

chapter XXXI|15 pages

CLUSTERS-NEBULIE-MILKY WAY

chapter XXXII|13 pages

STELLAR SPECTROSCOPY

chapter XXXIII|9 pages

CONCLUSION