On the boredom of science: positional astronomy in the nineteenth century

  title={On the boredom of science: positional astronomy in the nineteenth century},
  author={Kevin Donnelly},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={479 - 503}
  • Kevin Donnelly
  • Published 7 November 2013
  • Physics
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract To those not engaged in the practice of scientific research, or telling the story of this enterprise, the image of empirical observation may conjure up images of boredom more than anything else. Yet surprisingly, the profoundly uninteresting nature of research to many science workers and readers in history has received little attention. This paper seeks to examine one moment of encroaching boredom: nineteenth-century positional astronomy as practised at leading observatories. Though… 
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