The World of Comets

The World of Comets Written in by the French journalist Amedee Guillemin this work appeared on British bookshelves at a time of intense interest in space the solar system and stars In the same year Schiaparelli m

  • Title: The World of Comets
  • Author: Amédée Guillemin James Glaisher
  • ISBN: 9781108014151
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written in 1877 by the French journalist Amedee Guillemin, this work appeared on British bookshelves at a time of intense interest in space, the solar system and stars In the same year, Schiaparelli made his infamous discovery of Martian canals, whetting the public s appetite for all things astronomical Guillemin s account of comets was equally ambitious and, ultimatelWritten in 1877 by the French journalist Amedee Guillemin, this work appeared on British bookshelves at a time of intense interest in space, the solar system and stars In the same year, Schiaparelli made his infamous discovery of Martian canals, whetting the public s appetite for all things astronomical Guillemin s account of comets was equally ambitious and, ultimately, valuable His subjects range from comet superstitions in Renaissance Italy to an accessible explanation of their orbits, constitution and brilliance As James Glaisher notes in his Preface, there is no work that at all occupies the ground covered by Guillemin The author s imaginative prose, exemplified by his description of comets as long disowned stars , was translated sympathetically by Glaisher Accompanied by eighty five striking illustrations, including Halley s Comet as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry, The World of Comets provides a fascinating insight into both astronomy and nineteenth century scientific enquiry.

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