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WILLIAM HERSCHEL: SURVEYING THE HEAVENS

I.S. GLASS

in Revolutionaries of the Cosmos

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550258
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.003.0004
WILLIAM HERSCHEL: SURVEYING THE HEAVENS

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This chapter begins by giving a brief description about William Herschel's family and his private life. It explains that despite their poverty, the Herschels were very conscious of the value of good education. It describes Herschel as a determined boy who was willing to do any kind of work just to earn money. It narrates William's love for building telescopes; this made him a famous astronomer and was his fuel for building his own telescope-making business. It adds that his approach to astronomy was something quite new and how his approach led to his discovery of the planet Uranus. It also tells of how was able to receive a state income from King George III so that he would no longer have to spend most of his time earning money as a musician. It discusses William's other discoveries and investigates the life of William's son, John Frederick.

Keywords: William Herschel; astronomy; telescope; Uranus; John Frederick Herschel; musician; King George III

Chapter.  18274 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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