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Springer Libro The Story of Helium and the Birth of Astrophysics

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Produttore: Springer

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Helium was the first element ever discovered by astronomers.

Its presence was first indicated in the Sun and not on Earth. Further, its discovery marked the birth of the new science of astrophysics.

However, it turns out that the events leading to the discovery of helium have been rather misrepresented in books, journals, and even encyclopedias. The usual story about its joint discovery during a solar eclipse in 1868 by French astronomer Pierre Janssen and late in England by Norman Lockyer, is far from the truth. Janssen never mentioned any new spectral line in his reports.

The actual story turns out to be as dramatic as in fiction. This book tells the story without jargon, using the words of the scientists themselves (from their letters and reports), and rescues the real story from the backwaters of history.

Content:

  • The Unbearable Lightness of a ‘Noble’ Element ............. 1
  • From Alchemy to Chemistry ............................................ 11
  • From Chemistry to the Stars ............................................ 21
  • Father Secchi, the Priest Who Became an Astronomer ... 65
  • Janssen, a Traveling Scientist ........................................... 83
  • Norman Lockyer, Clerk Turned Astronomer .................. 101
  • James F. Tennant, Soldier Turned Astronomer ................ 117
  • Guntur, the Small Town at the Center of Attention ....... 139
  • The Perpetual Eclipse of 1868 ........................................... 149
  • Lockyer and His Cosmic Hieroglyphics ........................... 175
  • The Ghost Element That Refused To Be Identi fi ed ........ 203
  • Helium on Earth ................................................................ 221
  • The Folklore and Reality of the Discovery of Helium .... 249

The author Biman Nath studied physics at the University of Delhi, India and received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park, in the United States. He is currently at the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore, India.

15.11.2019
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