Donald E. Osterbrock
Title: James E. Keeler: Pioneer American Astrophysicist: And the Early Development of American Astrophysics
Book Condition: Used - Good
Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Publisher: Cambridge University Press January 1985
0521265827 / 9780521265829
Inscription: Signed By Author
Seller ID: 123458
Sunfaded spine, light wear and scuffing, lightly rubbed corners, inscription by author inside front cover, text otherwise crisp and unmarked. Inscription reads as follows: To Dan Armstrong, With very best wishes, and warm memories of the AAF Wx Station at Victmille, Don Osterbrock, Santa Cruz.
An Eighth Day View:
This is the biography of James E. Keeler (1857 1900), a distinguished pioneer of astrophysics, the application of the methods of physics to understanding the nature of the stars, nebulae, planets, comets, and other objects that populate the universe. Keeler was an outstanding scientist, and his fellow astronomers and physicists at the end of the nineteenth century considered him the leading astronomical spectroscopist of his generation. His career was closely linked with that of George Ellery Hale, founder of Yerkes Observatory. Keeler himself was the first astronomer at Lick Observatory, and the story of his life tells much of the early history of these two early American 'big-science' research institutions.