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Astronomy: The Light of the Heavens

Theresa Levitt

in The Shadow of Enlightenment: Optical and Political Transparency in France 1789-1848

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199544707
eISBN:
9780191720178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544707.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter traces Arago and Biot's fundamental differences in transparency vs. opacity through their work in astronomy. When Arago was director of the Paris Observatory he spent a great deal of ... More


Early life

I.S. Glass

in Nicolas-Louis De La Caille, Astronomer and Geodesist: South African Astronomical Observatory

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199668403
eISBN:
9780191749315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668403.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

La Caille was educated to become a priest at the desire of his father. However, he refused ordination and turned to astronomy. He trained at the Paris Observatory under Jacques Cassini. At the time, ... More


| 1846 | 1846 Homage in Britain

Dan C. Christensen

in Hans Christian Ørsted: Reading Nature's Mind

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199669264
eISBN:
9780191748745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.003.0055
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Herschel invites Ørsted to attend the annual BAAS conference in Southampton in 1846. Mathilde and Professor Forchhammer and his wife join him. The itinerary takes them to the Cathedral of Cologne ... More


Oxford 1933–1939

Kenneth D. McRae

in Nuclear Dawn: F. E. Simon and the Race for Atomic Weapons in World War II

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199687183
eISBN:
9780191767029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687183.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Nuclear and Plasma Physics

Chapter 4 describes the many sided adjustments of an immigrant Simon family adapting to life in a different culture. Increasing effort in this period was devoted to the rescue of relatives and ... More


The Universal Law

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

in The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198747956
eISBN:
9780191810909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.003.0021
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter describes events that followed Roger Bacon’s death in 1294. His successors in both Oxford and Paris began developing various ways of using the idea of a mathematically universal law to ... More


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