By Michael Hoskin

The astronomical observations of William Herschel (1738-1822) made him query the authorized version of the clockwork universe. This quantity explains the advance of Herschel's suggestions on what he known as 'the development of the heavens' and reprints his valuable papers in this topic. The initial chapters supply an creation to Herschel, together with his strange route to astronomy, the invention of Uranus and his paintings at the evolution of stellar clusters, which ultimately led him to problem the unchanging Newtonian universe. the second one half the textual content includes 8 of Herschel's key papers on what we this day may name cosmology, representing his development among 1783 and 1814, absolutely annotated with historic notes and smooth astrophysical motives. excellent for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars within the historical past of technology and in astronomy, this quantity explains Herschel's pivotal function within the transformation from the clockwork universe to the 'biological' universe of recent astronomy.

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