The Immortal Fire Within: The Life and Work of Edward Emerson Barnard

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Cambridge University Press, 1995 M06 30 - 429 pages
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This first full-length biography of Edward Emerson Barnard tells the remarkable tale of endurance and achievement of one of the leading astronomers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. As "a man who was never known to sleep", Barnard scoured the heavens endlessly, leaving an astonishing legacy of observations that make him one of the greatest observers of all time. This book traces Barnard's life from impoverished origins to status as an internationally recognized astronomer. His success as a professional astronomer unfolds in 1842 as he discovers the fifth satellite of Jupiter (the first since Galileo) and pioneers wide-angle photography of the Milky Way, which leads to the recognition of dark nebulae--clouds of dust on the galactic plane. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book provides a complete history of Barnard's fascinating life and work, based largely on previously unpublished archival material, that will be of interest to astronomers and historians of science.
 

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Contents

Through rugged ways
1
Ardent and faithful work with a telescope
19
Mars His Moons and His Heavens
38
A seeker of comets
42
Vanderbilt astronomer
68
In the realm of the nebulae
75
Go West young man
97
Hanging fire
121
Natures true artisan
264
A tide in his affairs
281
Yerkes Observatory
320
Disappointments and triumphs
349
The comet and Milky Way photographs
351
Comet tales
357
Observer of all that shines or obscures
369
Eclipse and decline
411

On Mt Hamilton
139
A year of wonders
157
The young rebel
162
I am tired here
200
Immortality
209
Travels and travails
235
Barnard and Mars
237
Ad astra
413
Index
419
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