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Observing by Hand: Sketching the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century

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Today we are all familiar with the iconic pictures of the nebulae produced by the Hubble Space Telescopeandrsquo;s digital cameras. But there was a time, before the successful application of photography to the heavens, in which scientists had to rely on handmade drawings of these mysterious phenomena.
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Observing by Hand sheds entirely new light on the ways in which the production and reception of handdrawn images of the nebulae in the nineteenth century contributed to astronomical observation. Omar W. Nasim investigates hundreds of unpublished observing books and paper records from six nineteenth-century observers of the nebulae: Sir John Herschel; William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse; William Lassell; Ebenezer Porter Mason; Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel; and George Phillips Bond. Nasim focuses on the ways in which these observers created and employed their drawings in data-driven procedures, from their choices of artistic materials and techniques to their practices and scientific observation. He examines the ways in which the act of drawing complemented the acts of seeing and knowing, as well as the ways that making pictures was connected to the production of scientific knowledge.
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An impeccably researched, carefully crafted, and beautifully illustrated piece of historical work, Observing by Hand will delight historians of science, art, and the book, as well as astronomers and philosophers.

About the Author

Omar W. Nasim is a senior research fellow at the Chair for Science Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zanduuml;rich, a member of the Iconic Criticism project at the University of Basel, and the author of the award-winning book Bertrand Russell and the Edwardian Philosophers. He lives in Zanduuml;rich, Switzerland.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Prologue

1and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Consolidation and Coordination: Lord Rosse and His Assistants
2and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Use and Reception: Biography of Two Images
3and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Conception and Perception: E. P. Mason and Sir John F. W. Herschel
4and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Skill and Instrumentation: William Lassell and Wilhelm Tempel

Conclusion

Acknowledgments
Notes
Works Cited
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226084374
Author:
Nasim, Omar W.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
General science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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