John Couch Adams and the Discovery of Neptune

  title={John Couch Adams and the Discovery of Neptune},
  author={W. M. Smart},
  • W. Smart
  • Published 1 June 1947
  • Physics, Geology
  • Nature
UNTIL 1781 the planet Saturn represented the outermost ooundary of the solar system; on March 13 that year the planet Uranus was discovered by William Herschel, and by the beginning of year of the discovery of Neptune five minbrfuanets had been found. In all these instances, the discovery was made at the telescope, in one or two cases purely by accident. The discovery of Neptune was on a far different level of human achievement; the discrepancies between the predicted and observed positions of… 
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