John Couch Adams and the Discovery of Neptune

  title={John Couch Adams and the Discovery of Neptune},
  author={Harold Spencer Jones},
  • H. Jones
  • Published 3 April 2014
  • Physics
  • Nature
In a small book of forty-three pages, by Sir Harold Spencer Jones, the Astronomer Royal (Cambridge University Press), many misunderstandings regarding Airy and Adams have been rectified, so those who desire an unbiased view of the matter should read the book. Most people have been inclined to blame Airy for not giving more consideration to Adams when he announced the results which he had obtained, but it is shown that Airy was not really to blame and that the failure of Adams to reply to… 

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