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- DescriptionTrained as a musician, amateur scientist William Herschel found international fame after discovering the planet Uranus in 1781. Though he is still best kwn for this finding, his partnership with his sister Caroline yielded other groundbreaking work that affects how we see the world today. The Herschels made comprehensive surveys of the night sky, carefully categorizing every visible object in the void. Caroline wrote an influential catalogue of nebulae, and William discovered infrared radiation. Veteran science writer Michael D. Lemonick guides readers through the depths of the solar system and into his subjects' private lives: William developed bizarre theories about inhabitants of the sun; he procured an unheard-of salary for Caroline from King George III even as he hassled over the funding for an ermous, forty-foot telescope; and the siblings feuded over William's marriage but eventually reconciled.
- Author BiographyA former senior science writer at Time, Michael Lemonick is the author of several books, including Echo of the Big Bang. He teaches at Princeton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins Universities, and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
- Author(s)Michael D. Lemonick
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication09/02/2010
- SubjectBiography: Science, Technology & Medical
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Content Note9 illustrations
- Weight160 g
- Width137 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine12 mm
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