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Studies of Pallas in the Early Nineteenth Century : Historical Studies in Asteroid Research (Hardcover)
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Based on extensive primary sources, many never previously translated into English, this is the definitive account of the discovery of Pallas as it went from being classified as a new planet to reclassification as the second of a previously unknown group of celestial objects. Cunningham, a dedicated scholar of asteroids, includes a large set of newly translated correspondence as well as the many scientific papers about Pallas in addition to sections of Schroeter's 1805 book on the subject.
It was Olbers who discovered Pallas in 1802, the second of many asteroids to come that was to be officially identified as such. From the Gold Medal offered by the Paris Academy to solve the mystery of Pallas' gravitational perturbations, to Gauss' Pallas Anagram, Pallas presented a mystery to leading thinkers at the time for some time after it was discovered, however. Representing an intersection of science, mathematics, and philosophy, the puzzle of Pallas occupied the thoughts of an amazing panorama of intellectual giants in Europe in the early 1800s.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Clifford Cunningham
Street Date: November 14, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-26-1786