Beyond the planets: early nineteenth-century studies of double stars

@article{Williams1984BeyondTP,
  title={Beyond the planets: early nineteenth-century studies of double stars},
  author={Mari E. W. Williams},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={1984},
  volume={17},
  pages={295 - 309}
}
  • Mari E. W. Williams
  • Published 1 November 1984
  • Physics
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
In 1837 the German-born astronomer F. G. W. Struve published his famous catalogue of double stars. For Struve this was the culmination of 12 years' detailed observation of a class of celestial objects lying exclusively beyond the solar system; for historians of astronomy it poses the problem of explaining why the study of double stars became a significant part of astronomical endeavour, as it did, during the 1820s and 1830s. For, although Struve's interest was extreme, it was shared to a lesser… 
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