The Scientific Papers of William Parsons, Third Earl of Rosse 1800-1867

The Scientific Papers of William Parsons, Third Earl of Rosse 1800-1867

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William Parsons (1800-67), third Earl of Rosse, was responsible for building in 1845 the largest telescope of his time, nicknamed the 'Leviathan'. It enabled the Earl to make unprecedented astronomical discoveries, including the discovery of the spiral nature of galaxies. Rosse (then Lord Oxmantown) began publishing scientific papers on telescopes in 1828, and for the rest of his life made regular contributions to scientific journals in Ireland, England and Scotland. He served as President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1843, and of the Royal Society from 1848 to 1854, and his addresses to those societies are also included in this collection. Edited by his younger son, the engineer Sir Charles Parsons (1854-1931) and published in 1926, these papers show the wide range of the Earl's interests, from astronomy and telescopes to ancient bronze artefacts and the use of iron in shipbuilding.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 18 b/w illus.
  • 1139103849
  • 9781139103848

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From the Edinburgh Journal of Science: 1. 1828. Account of a new reflecting telescope; 2. 1828. Account of an apparatus for grinding and polishing the specula of reflecting telescopes; 3. 1830. Account of a series of experiments on the construction of large reflecting telescopes; From the Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy: 4. 1840. Account of the three-feet telescope T. R. Robinson; 5. 1845. On Lord Rosse's telescope T. R. Robinson; 6. 1848. On Lord Rosse's telescope T. R. Robinson; 7. 1848. Observation of the nebula, Herschel 44 T. R. Robinson; 8. 1848. Contents of an ancient bronze vessel, in the collection of the Earl of Rosse T. R. Robinson; From Reports of the British Association for the Advancement of Science: 9. 1843. Presidential address by the Earl of Rosse; 10. 1844. On the construction of large reflecting telescopes; 11. 1851. Plain specula of silver; 12. 1852. Drawings to illustrate recent observations on nebulae; 13. 1853. First report of the committee ... on the physical characteristics of the Moon's surface; 14. 1857. Mechanical science; 15. 1859. Mathematics and physics; From Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: 16. 1854. Notes on experiments relative to lunar photography and the construction of reflecting specula; 17. 1866. Description of an equatoreal clock; The Royal Society: 18. 1854. Address of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Rosse; From the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: 19. 1840. An account of experiments on the reflecting telescope; 20. 1844. Observations on some of the nebulae; 21. 1850. Observations on the nebulae; 22. 1861. On the construction of specula of six-feet aperture, and a selection from the observations of nebulae made with them; 23. 1867. An account of the observations on the great nebula in Orion, made at Birr Castle, with the 3-feet and 6-feet telescopes, between 1848 and 1867; Institution of Naval Architects: 24. 1854-65. A contribution to the history of ironclads.show more