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Le Verrier: Magnificent and Detestable Astronomer
Le Verrier was a superb scientist. His discovery of Neptune in 1846 made him the most famous astronomer of his time. He produced a complete theory of the motions of the planets which served as a basis for planetary ephemeris for a full century. Doing this, he discovered an anomaly in the motion of Mercury which later became the first proof of General Relativity. He also ...more
ebook, 347 pages
Published April 6th 2014 by Springer New York
(first published January 1st 2013)
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Fascinating title that fits the many characteristics of this driven, intelligent, and difficult man. The book concentrates on his scientific life. There is something surprising about such a well known figure (famous for his role in the discovery of the planet Neptune) who moves others to comment on his gruff personality even in his obituaries.