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UCL DEPARTMENT OF
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

Nicholas Kollerstrom
Research Fellow
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The Discovery of Neptune
( I have received a RAS grant for collating the British Neptune-discovery correspondence, 1835-1848)

G. B. Airy

Sir John Herschel

Urbain Le Verrier

 

Adams' Co-Prediction of Neptune
Re-evaluating the Story

 
2006

A Hiatus in History
The Story of Neptune's Discovery

History of Science
2006

John Herschel and the Discovery of Neptune

JAHH
2005 The Neptune-Discovery Correspondence Archive
Over 400 letters are here summarised.

 
2004 The Case of the Pilfered Planet
Co-authored with Craig Waff and Bill Sheehan

Sci. Amer.
2004 A review of the Scientific American article

The Observer
2003 Recovering the Neptune-files
Eggen's theft of the British Neptune-file
A&G
     

Newton and the Moon

Isaac Newton

The Reverend John Flamsteed

2000 Newton's Forgotten Lunar Theory
His recipe for finding lunar longitude

Green Lion Press
2000 How Newton Inspired China's Calendar
Without gravity, his 1702 lunar theory was OK
A&G
1995 Flamsteed's Lunar Data, Sent to Newton
The basis for Newton's 1694 lunar endeavour
JHA
1995 Newton's 1702 Theory + Halley's 'Saros' Correction
How epicycles came back into astronomy
QJRAS
1992 Halley's Hollow Earth
Did Newtonian theory imply a hollow Earth?
JHA
1991 Newton's two 'Moon-tests'
His great 1685 'Apple-Moon' computation

BJHS
1985 Newton's Lunar Mass Error
How Newton got it wrong by 100%
JBAA
     

Other Newtonian Topics
1999 Newton's delayed discovery of Gravity
The key role of the 1682 'Halley's comet'
Ann. of Sci.
1992 'Newton's Method of Approximation' -- An Enduring Myth
John Simpson lost the credit for his discovery
BJHS

Galileo

Galileo Galilei

2005

How Galileo Dedicated the Moons of Jupiter to Cosimo II de Medici

INSAP
2004 Galileo's First Trial

Astronomy Now

2004 Galileo and the New Star Astronomy Now
     

Others

Jeremiah Horrocks (Portrait)

2007 Dissecting the Antikythera Mechanism

Astronomy Now

2006 Acropolis Width and Ancient Geodesy
Greek and Roman feet lengths

Int Jnl of Metrology

2005

William Crabtree's Venus-Transit Observation

IAU Colloquium
1991

Crabtree's Venus-Transit Measurement
He did better than Horrocks, in 1639

QJRAS
   

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Any of this material may be used or copied, but kindly acknowledge the source. The contents of this page remain the copyrighted, intellectual property of Nicholas Kollerstrom. Comments are welcome, to: nk[at]astro3.demon.co.uk. A copy of my PhD, 'The Achievement of Newton's 1702 Theory of the Moon's Motion,' 1995, is available at Senate House, London. Thanks to UCL's Open Learning Centre for helping set up this site..
rev: June 2005