Agnes Mary Clerke and the Rise of Astrophysics by M. T. Brück

By M. T. Brück

Born in eire within the mid-nineteenth century, Agnes Mary Clerke completed popularity because the writer of A historical past of Astronomy in the course of the 19th Century. via her quarter-century occupation, she grew to become the prime commentator on astronomy and astrophysics within the English-speaking global. The biography of Agnes Clerke describes the existence and paintings of this striking girl. It additionally chronicles the improvement of astronomy within the final a long time of pre-Einstein technological know-how, and introduces a few of the nice figures in astronomy of that age together with Huggins, Lockyer, Holden and Pickering; their achievements and their rivalries. the tale follows her friendship with William and Margaret Huggins, and her prolific correspondence with eminent astronomers of the time. This biography will fascinate scientists, and somebody who admires highbrow fulfillment caused via love of studying and sheer difficult work.

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