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Title William Herschel, the First Observational Cosmologist
Speaker/Author Michael Lemonick
Publication Date2008 Nov 12
OSTI Identifier987524
Other Number(s)Other: William Herschel, the First Observational Cosmologist
Resource TypeOther
Specific TypeMultimedia Presentation
Description/AbstractIn the late 1700s, a composer, orchestra director and soloist named William Herschel became fascinated with astronomy, and, having built his own reflecting telescope, went out in his garden in Bath, England, one night and discovered Uranus—the first planet in human history ever found by an individual. The feat earned him a lifetime pension from King George III. But Herschel considered the discovery to be relatively unimportant in comparison to his real work: understanding the composition, structure and evolution of the universe. In pursuing that work, he became the first observational cosmologist.
PublisherFermilab Colloquia Online: 2000 to the Present Videos of Science Lecture and Presentations from the Colloquium Program at Fermi National Laboratory
Country of PublicationUS
FormatMedium: AV
System Entry Date2010 Oct 27

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