The Milky Way Galaxy and Statistical Cosmology, 1890-1924

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Cambridge University Press, 26. nóv. 1993 - 262 síđur
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Drawing on previously unused archival material, Erich Robert Paul presents the first complete examination of cosmological science and the conception of the galaxy during this formative period. He describes the rise of statistical cosmology, its establishment as the leading area of astronomical research, and finally its decline and the transition to modern methods. He pays particular attention to the accomplishments of two influential astronomers of this period, J. C. Kapteyn and Hugo von Seeliger.
 

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Introduction
1
Early NineteenthCentury Statistical Astronomy
13
Statistical Astronomy and the Milky Way Galaxy
31
Seeliger and Stellar Density
55
Kapteyn and the Distribution of Stars
80
Statistical Astronomy as a Research Program
100
Statistical Cosmology as a Research Program
141
Kapteyn and International Science
162
Seeliger and German Astronomy
175
Internationalizing of Statistical Cosmology
181
Statistical Cosmology and the Second
187
Research Programs in Transition
221
Seeligers StarRatio Function
237
Bibliographical Note
246
Index
255
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