Memoir and Correspondence of Caroline Herschel

Margaret HERSCHEL (1810 - 1884)

For many people, the name Caroline Herschel will be unfamiliar, but she was one of the most significant women on the English scientific scene during the late 18th and early 19th century. Sister of the well known William Herschel (he of the discovery of Uranus and its moons and many other significant scientific discoveries), she first worked as his assistant in his astronomical works, and then went on to become a noted astronomer in her own right. She discovered eight new comets in her lifetime, and was the first woman to be paid for her contribution to science, and was awarded a Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, made an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy of Science and was presented with a Gold Medal for Science by the King of Prussia on her 96th birthday. This book tells the fascinating story of her life through her letters, and commentary by her nephew's wife. Caroline Herschel was an important woman whose contributions to science should be more widely known. (Summary by Kevin Green)

Genre(s): Memoirs, Astronomy, Physics & Mechanics

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Kevin Green
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Play 01 Chapter 1 - Recollections of Early Life in Hanover, Part 1 Kevin Green
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Play 02 Chapter 1 - Recollections of Early Life in Hanover, Part 2 Kevin Green
00:28:32
Play 03 Chapter 2 - Life of the Brother and Sister in Bath, Part 1 Kevin Green
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Play 04 Chapter 2 - Life of the Brother and Sister in Bath, Part 2 Kevin Green
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Play 05 Chapter 2 - Life of the Brother and Sister in Bath, Part 3 Kevin Green
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Play 06 Chapter 3 - Life After her Brother's Marriage, Part 1 Kevin Green
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Play 07 Chapter 3 - Life After her Brother's Marriage, Part 2 Kevin Green
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Play 08 Chapter 3 - Life After her Brother's Marriage, Part 3 Kevin Green
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Play 09 Chapter 4 - Diary - continued - 1810 Kevin Green
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Play 10 Chapter 5 - Retrospection, Part 1 Kevin Green
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Play 11 Chapter 5 - Retrospection, Part 2 Kevin Green
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Play 12 Chapter 5 - Retrospection, Part 3 Kevin Green
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Play 13 Chapter 6 - Life in Hanover - continued, Part 1 Kevin Green
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Play 14 Chapter 6 - Life in Hanover - continued, Part 2 Kevin Green
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Play 15 Chapter 6 - Life in Hanover - continued, Part 3 Kevin Green
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Play 16 Chapter 7 - Sir John Herschel at the Cape, Part 1 Kevin Green
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Play 17 Chapter 7 - Sir John Herschel at the Cape, Part 2 Kevin Green
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Play 18 Chapter 7 - Sir John Herschel at the Cape, Part 3 Kevin Green
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Play 19 Chapter 7 - Sir John Herschel at the Cape, Part 4 Kevin Green
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Play 20 Chapter 7 - Sir John Herschel at the Cape, Part 5 Kevin Green
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Play 21 Chapter 7 - Sir John Herschel at the Cape, Part 6 Kevin Green
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Play 22 Appendix Kevin Green
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