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Hoskin, Michael A.

Overview
Works: 123 works in 346 publications in 2 languages and 8,808 library holdings
Genres: History  Periodicals  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Observations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Collector, Other, Publisher, Contributor, Speaker, Author of introduction, Commentator
Classifications: QB15, 520.9
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Most widely held works by Michael A Hoskin
The Cambridge illustrated history of astronomy( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 1,751 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
History of science( )

in English and held by 1,666 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 history of astronomy : a very short introduction by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

23 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 625 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
William Herschel and the construction of the heavens by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

7 editions published between 1963 and 1970 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mind of the scientist by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

14 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 475 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 421 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 )

14 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The astronomical observations of William Herschel (1738-1822) made him question the accepted model of the clockwork universe. This volume explains the development of Herschel's thoughts on what he called 'the construction of the heavens' and reprints his principal papers on this subject. The preliminary chapters provide an introduction to Herschel, including his unusual path to astronomy, the discovery of Uranus and his work on the evolution of stellar clusters, which eventually led him to challenge the unchanging Newtonian universe. The second half of the text comprises eight of Herschel's key papers on what we today would call cosmology, representing his progress between 1783 and 1814, fully annotated with historical notes and modern astrophysical explanations. Ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the history of science and in astronomy, this volume explains Herschel's pivotal role in the transformation from the clockwork universe to the 'biological' universe of modern astronomy"--
Stellar astronomy : historical studies by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

12 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published between 1959 and 1960 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This beautifully structured book presents the essentials of William and Caroline Herschel's 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 obj
Vegetable staticks by Stephen Hales( Book )

14 editions published between 1961 and 1969 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The mathematical papers of Isaac Newton by Isaac Newton( Book )

13 editions published between 1967 and 2008 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The aim of this collection is to present the surviving papers of Isaac Newton's scientific writings, along with sufficient commentary to clarify the particularity of seventeenth-century idiom and to illuminate the contemporary significance of the text discussed
History of science : an annual review of literature, research and teaching by A. C Crombie( Book )

7 editions published between 1962 and 1968 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Herschels of Hanover by Michael A Hoskin( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 16 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"--
 
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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 (196)

Chinese (3)

Covers
The history of astronomy : a very short introductionDiscoverers of the universe : William and Caroline HerschelThe mathematical papers of Isaac Newton