9780754632504

British University Observatories 1772û1939

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  • ISBN13:

    9780754632504

  • ISBN10:

    0754632504

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

This is the first full history of the six university observatories that undertook research before World War II Oxford, Dunsink, Cambridge, Durham, Glasgow and London and their struggle to evolve in the middle ground between the royal or government observatories, and those of the 'Grand Amateurs'. The book will intrigue anyone interested in the history of astronomy, of telescopes, of patronage networks, of scientific institutions, and of the history of universities.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Making niches, founding the observatories
Academic astronomers in the age of the 'grand amateurs', 1820-1881
Working the university observatories, 1820-1881
'Encumbered with lectures': developing research and providing for graduates, 1820-1939
University observatories and the opportunities in astrophysics, c.1880-1939
Problems of proximity: Oxford's observatories, 1901-1930
British university observatories and the wider world, 1919-1939
Concluding thoughts on how astronomical knowledge advances
Bibliography
Index
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