February 23, 2018

Review: Discoverers of the Universe by Michael Hoskin.

Out from Princeton Press.

Few realize that we owe much of our knowledge to an astronomical dynasty of the 18th-19th century. This week, we review Discoverers of the Universe†by Michael Hoskin. This fascinating book covers the life and times of astronomers William and Caroline Herschel†and the eventual hand off of the mantle of British astronomy to Williamís son John. Much has been written about the pursuits of the Herschels, but Discoverers gives it to you in the kind of detail that we observational astronomers love. [Read more...]