April 18, 2019

The Haunted Observatory by Richard Baum.

Often, modern society forgets the torturous path science has followed and the numerous dead ends that astronomers have traced. Anomalous observations fall to the way side, and what remains has the look of smooth, steady progress. “The Haunted Observatory-Curiosities from the Astronomer’s Cabinet” follows those mysterious log book entries through out history.

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In Search of Planet Vulcan:The Ghost in Newton’s Clockwork Universe by Richard Baum and William Sheehan

   There aren’t many good books on the history of observational astronomy out there.  The public perception of the lone astronomer standing vigil at the eyepiece is rapidly vanishing into the past.

   In Search of Planet Vulcan reads like a good mystery novel.  [Read more...]