The World of Comets

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Cambridge University Press, 31. okt. 2010 - 612 síđur
Written in 1877 by the French journalist Amédée Guillemin, this work appeared on British bookshelves at a time of intense interest in space, the solar system and stars. In the same year, Schiaparelli made his infamous 'discovery' of Martian canals, whetting the public's appetite for all things astronomical. Guillemin's account of comets was equally ambitious and, ultimately, more valuable. His subjects range from comet superstitions in Renaissance Italy to an accessible explanation of their orbits, constitution and brilliance. As James Glaisher notes in his Preface, 'there is no work that at all occupies the ground covered' by Guillemin. The author's imaginative prose, exemplified by his description of comets as 'long disowned stars', was translated sympathetically by Glaisher. Accompanied by eighty-five striking illustrations, including Halley's Comet as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry, The World of Comets provides a fascinating insight into both astronomy and nineteenth-century scientific enquiry.
 

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SECTION I
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SECTION II
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THE COMETS OF THE MIDDLE AGES
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SECTION IV
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COMETARY ASTRONOMY UP TO THE TIME OF NEWTON
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COMETS DURING THE RENAISSANCE AND UP TO THE TIME
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Visibility of stars through the atmospheres and tails of comets ancient
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Keplers Laws ellipses described around the sun the law of areasGravitation
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Discovery of the identity of the comets of 1682 1607 and 1631 Halley
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SECTION V
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Discovery of the comet and of its periodicity by DArrestReturn predicted
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SECTION X
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SECTION V
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Elementary forms of tailsRectilinear tails divergent or convergent in
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SECTION IX
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SECTION X
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SECTION IV
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SECTION VI
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Views of Newton on the formation of the tails of cometsAction of heat
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Accelerated motion of Enckes comet its periods continually diminishIt
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SECTION III
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ON THE CONNEXION BETWEEN COMETS AND METEORS
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Gregory Maupertuis
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SECTION VI
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SECTION IV
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TABLE I
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Note on the designation of comets and on the catalogue of comets by the Editor
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