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Author Sheehan, William, 1954-

Title The immortal fire within : the life and work of Edward Emerson Barnard / William Sheehan
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995


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 MELB  520.92 Barnar She/Ifw  AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 429 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: Preface -- List of illustrations -- 1. Through rugged ways -- 2. Ardent and faithful work with a telescope -- 3. Mars: his moons and his heavens -- 4. A seeker of comets -- 5. Vanderbilt astronomer -- 6. In the realm of the nebulae -- 7. Go west, young man! -- 8. Hanging fire -- 9. On Mt. Hamilton -- 10. A year of wonders -- 11. The young rebel -- 12. I am tired here -- 13. Immortality -- 14. Travels and travails -- 15. Barnard and Mars -- 16. Of telescopes - large and small -- 17. Nature's true artisan -- 18. A tide in his affairs -- 19. Yerkes observatory -- 20. To Mt. Wilson with the Bruce -- 21. The comet and Milky Way photographs -- 22. Comet tales -- 23. Observer of all that shines - or obscures -- 24. Eclipse and decline -- 25. Ad astra -- Index
Summary This, the first full-length biography of Edward Emerson Barnard, tells the remarkable tale of endurance and achievement of one of the leading astronomers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. As a 'man who was never known to sleep', Barnard scoured the heavens endlessly, leaving an astonishing legacy of observations - of planets, satellites, comets, double stars, bright and dark nebulae, and globular clusters - that make him one of the greatest observers of all time. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book includes many of Barnard's famous wide-field photographs of comets and the Milky Way. It provides a complete history of Barnard's fascinating life and work, based largely on archival material hitherto unpublished. It also offers unusual insight into the astronomers he knew and observatories with which he was associated and will be of interest to astronomers and historians of science
Analysis Astronomy History
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Barnard, Edward Emerson, 1857-1923.
Astronomers -- United States -- Biography.
Astronomy -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
LC no. 94026742
ISBN 0521444896 (hardback)