Sir William Herschel, his life and works

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Sir William Herschel, his life and works  (1881) 
by Edward S. Holden

Sir William Herschel


HIS LIFE AND WORKS


BY

EDWARD S. HOLDEN

United States Naval Observatory, Washington

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NEW YORK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

743 and 745 Broadway

1881

Copyright, 1880,

By CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.

PRESS OF J. J. LITTLE & CO.,
NOS. 10 TO 20 ASTOR PLACE, NEW YORK.

 

PREFACE.


 

In the following account of the life and works of Sir William Herschel, I have been obliged to depend strictly upon data already in print—the Memoir of his sister, his own scientific writings and the memoirs and diaries of his cotemporaries. The review of his published works will, I trust, be of use. It is based upon a careful study of all his papers in the Philosophical Transactions and elsewhere.

A life of Herschel which shall be satisfactory in every particular can only be written after a full examination of the materials which are preserved at the family seat in England; but as two generations have passed since his death, and as no biography yet exists which approaches to completeness, no apology seems to me to be needed for a conscientious attempt to make the best use of the scanty material which we do possess.

This study will, I trust, serve to exhibit s much of his life as belongs to the whole public.His private life belongs to his family, until the time is come to let the world know more of the greatest of practical astronomers and of the inner life of one of its most profound philosophers,—of a great and ardent mind, whose achievements are and will remain the glory of England.

CONTENTS.

 

 

CHAPTER I.

PAGE

Early Years; 1738-1772

1

CHAPTER II.

 
Life in Bath; 1772-1782

33

CHAPTER III.

 
Life at Datchet, Clay Hall, and Slough; 1782-1822

68

CHAPTER IV.

 
Review of the Scientific Labors of Herschel

118

 
 
Bibliography

215

 
 
Index of Names

235