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Title:
Sky and ocean joined : the U.S. Naval Observatory, 1830-2000
Author:
Dick, Steven J.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xiii, 609 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Prelude. Perspectives and problems: the nation, the navy, the stars -- PART I. The founding era, 1830-65 -- From depot to national observatory, 1830-46 -- Choice of roles: the Maury years, 1844-61 -- Foundations of the American Nautical Almanac Office, 1849-65 -- Gilliss and the Civil-War years -- PART II. The golden era, 1866-93 -- Scientific life and work -- Asaph Hall, the Great Refractor, and the moons of Mars -- William Harkness and the transits of Venus of 1874 and 1882 -- Simon Newcomb and his work -- PART III. The twentieth century -- Observatory circle: a new site and administrative challges for the twentieth century -- Space: the astronomy of position and its uses -- Time: a service for the world -- Navigation: from stars to satellites.
ISBN:
9780521815994
Format :
Book