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Astronomical Discovery

Naturevolume 71pages410411 (1905) | Download Citation



THE object of this book and the reason for its appearance are explained in a short preface. The purpose is “to illustrate by the study of a few examples, chosen almost at random, the variety in character of astronomical discoveries.” The words “almost at random” seem a little out of place, for we learn that the book comprises the matter that was originally delivered in a series of lectures to the University students of Chicago, at the hospitable invitation of President Harper. The expression is probably not to be taken too seriously. It is not likely that a distinguished astronomer, enjoying what may be regarded as a cathedral position, would be careless in the preparation of his material. He would be anxious to give his best, both the credit of English astronomy and for his own reputation. There is ample internal evidence, not only that, the lectures were carefully prepared, but also of judicious selection.

Astronomical Discovery.

By Herbert Hall Turner, Savilian Professor of Astronomy in the University of Oxford. Pp. xi + 225. With plates. (London: Edward Arnold, 1904.) Price. 10s. 6d. net.

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