Great Astronomers

Robert Stawell BALL (1840 - 1913)

Of all the natural sciences there is not one which offers such sublime objects to the attention of the inquirer as does the science of astronomy. From the earliest ages the study of the stars has exercised the same fascination as it possesses at the present day. Among the most primitive peoples, the movements of the sun, the moon, and the stars commanded attention from their supposed influence on human affairs.

From the days of Hipparchus down to the present hour the science of astronomy has steadily grown. One great observer after another has appeared from time to time, to reveal some new phenomenon with regard to the celestial bodies or their movements, while from time to time one commanding intellect after another has arisen to explain the true import of the facts of observations. The history of astronomy thus becomes inseparable from the history of the great men to whose labours its development is due. In the ensuing chapters we have endeavoured to sketch the lives and the work of the great philosophers, by whose labours the science of astronomy has been created. (from the Introduction)

Genre(s): Astronomy, Physics & Mechanics

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface and Introduction MaryAnn
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Play 01 Ptolemy MaryAnn
00:35:38
Play 02 Copernicus MaryAnn
00:18:47
Play 03 Tycho Brahe MaryAnn
00:28:20
Play 04 Galileo MaryAnn
00:43:26
Play 05 Kepler MaryAnn
00:28:17
Play 06 Isaac Newton MaryAnn
00:44:32
Play 07 Flamsteed MaryAnn
00:22:34
Play 08 Halley MaryAnn
00:38:43
Play 09 Bradley MaryAnn
00:21:50
Play 10 William Herschel MaryAnn
00:23:48
Play 11 Laplace MaryAnn
00:21:20
Play 12 Brinkley MaryAnn
00:21:24
Play 13 John Herschel MaryAnn
00:37:02
Play 14 The Earl of Rosse MaryAnn
00:21:32
Play 15 Airy MaryAnn
00:21:52
Play 16 Hamilton MaryAnn
00:51:52
Play 17 Le Verrier MaryAnn
00:33:02
Play 18 Adams MaryAnn
00:29:42