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François Arago : A 19th Century French Humanist and Pioneer in Astrophysics (Hardcover) (James

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Provides the background and biography on François Arago, a dominant figure of French physics and astronomy in the first half of the 19th century, and the one whom many consider to be the first astrophysicist. François Arago, the first to show in 1810 that the surface of the Sun and stars is made of incandescent gas, and not solid or liquid, was a prominent physicist of the 19th century. He used his considerable influence to help Fresnel, Ampere and others develop their ideas and make themselves known. This book covers his personal contributions to physics, astronomy, geodesy and oceanography, which are far from negligible, but insufficiently known. Arago was also an important and influential political man, who, for example, abolished slavery in the French colonies. One of the last humanists, he had a very broad culture and range of interests. In parallel to his biography, this title also covers the spectacular progresses of science at the time of Arago, especially in France: the birth of physical optics, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. Francois Arago’s life is a fascinating epic tale that reads as a novel.
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Physics, Astronomy
Series Title: Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: James Lequeux
Language: English
Street Date: September 24, 2015
TCIN: 50440611
UPC: 9783319207223
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-9180
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