Astronomical Discovery

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FOREWORD

HERBERT HALL TURNER ( 1861-1930) was one of the most colorful astronomers of his generation. His training at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by a period of service as Chief Assistant at the Greenwich Observatory, did not differ from that of many British astronomers of note. In 1894 he was appointed to the Savilian Professorship of Astronomy at Oxford, a position that he held for the rest of his life.

To a large extent the appointment determined the course of his career. His predecessor, Pritchard, had committed the Oxford Observatory to a share of the construction of the Astrographic Catalogue, and Turner decided at once to make the efficient execution of this task his main goal. By devoting his almost unlimited capacity for sustained hard work to this effort he succeeded in bringing the Oxford zone to completion well in advance of all other observatories engaged in similar shares of the large project.

Astronomers of a later generation who may find it astonishing that a man of Turner's originality and versatility should be content to devote so much of his energy to a routine task should remember that the photographic determi-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface xi
  • Contents xiii
  • Chapter I - Uranus and Eros 1
  • Chapter II - The Discovery of Neptune 38
  • Chapter IV Accidental Discoveries 121
  • Chapter V Schwabe and the Sun-Spot Period 155
  • Chapter VI The Variation of Latitude 177
  • Index 221
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