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Hoskin, Michael A.

Overview
Works: 112 works in 419 publications in 5 languages and 10,130 library holdings
Genres: History  Periodicals  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Observations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Collector, Speaker, Contributor, Publisher, Author of introduction, Commentator
Classifications: QB15, 520.9
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael A Hoskin
History of science( )

in English and held by 1,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A review of literature and research in the history of science, medicine and technology in its intellectual and social context."
The Cambridge illustrated history of astronomy by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 1,729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expertly written and lavishly illustrated, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy offers a unique account of astronomical theory and practice from antiquity to the present day. How did Moslems of the Middle Ages use astronomy to calculate the direction of Mecca from far-flung corners of the Islamic world? Who was the only ancient Greek to suspect that the earth might revolve around the sun? How did Christopher Columbus abuse his knowledge of a lunar eclipse predicted by an astronomical almanac? Packed with anecdotes and intriguing detail, this book describes how we observed the sky and interpreted what we saw at different periods of history; how this influenced our beliefs and mythology; and how great astronomers contributed to what we now know. The result is a lively and highly visual history of astronomy - a compelling read for specialists and non-specialists alike. ... Publisher description
William Herschel and the construction of the heavens by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

28 editions published between 1963 and 1970 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge concise history of astronomy by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of astronomy : a very short introduction by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: This is a fascinating introduction to the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-nineteenth century. Historical records are first found in Babylon and Egypt, and after two millennia the arithmetical astronomy of the Babylonians merged with the Greek geometrical approach to culminate in the Almagest of Ptolemy. This legacy was transmitted to the Latin West via Islam, and led to Copernicus's claim that the Earth is in motion. In justifying this Kepler converted astronomy into a branch of dynamics, leading to Newton's universal law of gravity. The book concludes with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century applications of Newton's law, and the first explorations of the universe of stars
The mind of the scientist by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

13 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discoverers of the universe : William and Caroline Herschel by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biography traces William and Caroline Herschel's many extraordinary contributions to astronomy, shedding new light on their productive but complicated relationship, and setting their scientific achievements in the context of their personal struggles, larger-than-life ambitions, bitter disappointments, and astonishing triumphs.--Book jacket
An original theory or new hypothesis of the Universe, 1750: a facsimile reprint together with the first publication of A Theory of the Universe, 1734 by Thomas Wright( Book )

11 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The construction of the heavens : the cosmology of William Herschel by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Herschel (1738-1822) was a musician and composer for the first half of his life, and astronomer to the King of Britain for the second half. Astronomers of the time might distinguish themselves either as makers of telescopes, or as observers, or as theoreticians. Herschel distinguished himself in all three. In November 1778, while a musician in the English spa resort of Bath, Herschel as an amateur observer ground and polished for his 7-ft reflector a mirror that was simply the finest anywhere; and using it he discovered the planet we know as Uranus. This won him the patronage of the King and with it the opportunity to give up music and dedicate himself to astronomy. With funding from the King he then built himself the biggest reflector ever seen, and he conducted a brisk trade in telescopes, the crowned heads of Europe competing to be allowed to buy a Herschel reflector"--
Stellar astronomy : historical studies by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

12 editions published in 1982 in 3 languages and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Second or singular thoughts upon the theory of the universe by Thomas Wright( Book )

9 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caroline Herschel : priestess of the new heavens by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Herschel, pioneer of sidereal astronomy by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

12 editions published between 1959 and 1960 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The General history of astronomy by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

12 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Gregorian reform of the calendar : proceedings of the Vatican Conference to commemorate its 400th anniversary, 1582-1982 by John Paul( Book )

17 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tombs, temples and their orientations : a new perspective on Mediterranean prehistory by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Herschel partnership : as viewed by Caroline by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caroline Herschel's autobiographies by Caroline Lucretia Herschel( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1670-1673 by Isaac Newton( Book )

15 editions published between 1967 and 2008 in English and Latin and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William and Caroline Herschel : pioneers in late 18th-century astronomy by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This beautifully structured book presents the essentials of William and Caroline Herschel pioneering achievements in late 18th-century astronomy. Michael Hoskin shows that William Herschel was the first observational cosmologist and one of the first observers to attack the sidereal universe beyond the solar system: Herschel built instruments far better than any being used at the royal observatory. Aided by his sister Caroline, he commenced a great systematic survey that led to his discovery of Uranus in 1781. Unlike observers before him, whose telescopes did not reveal them as astronomical objects, Herschel did not ignore misty patches of light. Hoskins points out Herschel achievement in surveying, cataloguing, and describing them as {esc}(3z{esc}(Bnebulae{esc}(3y{esc}(B and even coming to the correct conclusion that their structure evolved over time, with Newton gravity being the agent of change. Herschel surveys established a new astronomy - looking at the universe rather than the planets! Michael Hoskin account includes sketches and diagrams from Herschel manuscripts in the Royal Astronomical Society Archives in which he attempts to delineate the structure of the Milky Way galaxy. While it is well-known that Herschel was a revolutionary in telescope design who constructed the world largest telescopes, Hoskin also gives the full picture of the man as an entrepreneur who built and traded some 400 telescopes. Hoskin also pays close attention to the role of William's sister Caroline Herschel, who is usually portrayed as a {esc}(3z{esc}(Bhelpmate{esc}(3y{esc}(B to her brother. But in fact she became a significant astronomer in her own right. This book also offers a wealth of information of the wider Herschel family. It is enriched by a complete set of portraits of William and Caroline Herschel with an extensive set of images of their residences and closes with a charming appendix on how visitors to the Herschels recorded their encounters. William and Caroline Herschel - Pioneers in Late 18th-Century Astronomy will appeal to amateur astronomers and all those interested in popular astronomy. This book will rapidly establish itself as the primary introductory work for students, astronomers, and scholars working on the history of natural science in the late 18th century
 
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The Cambridge illustrated history of astronomy
Alternative Names
Hoskin, M. A.

Hoskin, M. A. 1930-

Hoskin, M. A. (Michael A.)

Hoskin, Michael

Hoskin, Michael 1930-

Hoskin, Michael A. 1930-

Hoskin, Michael Anthony

Hoskin, Michael Anthony 1930-

Languages
English (235)

Chinese (4)

Italian (4)

Hebrew (1)

Latin (1)

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The Cambridge concise history of astronomyThe history of astronomy : a very short introductionDiscoverers of the universe : William and Caroline HerschelThe General history of astronomyTombs, temples and their orientations : a new perspective on Mediterranean prehistoryCaroline Herschel's autobiographies1670-1673