The Cambridge Network in Action: The Discovery of Neptune

  title={The Cambridge Network in Action: The Discovery of Neptune},
  author={Robert William Smith},
  pages={395 - 422}
  • R. Smith
  • Published 1 September 1989
  • Physics
  • Isis
I MOURN OVER THE LOSS to England and to Cambridge of a discovery which ought to be theirs every inch of it, but I have said enough about it to get heartily abused in France, and I don't want to get hated in England for saying more."19 So wrote a disappointed Sir John Herschel in November 1846, two months after Neptune had been discovered by Heinrich d'Arrest and J. G. Galle of the Berlin Observatory as a direct consequence of the calculations based on the novel approach of inverse perturbations… 
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G. B. Airy and the Discovery of Neptune
THE Astronomer Royal does not see eye to eye with me in my judgment of Airy, in connexion with the Neptune controversy, as expressed in my article in Nature for November 9. This article, which was
The writer really shows how the simple words can maximize how the impression of this book is uttered directly for the readers.
Gentlemen of Science (cit. n. 60), pp. 509-512. I am grateful to Simon Schaffer for emphasizing this point to me
    Scientific Discoveries" (cit. n. 1), p. 411; William Whewell, The Philosophy of the
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      • 1967
      On the French attacks see Grosser, Discovery of Neptune (cit
        Address," Report of the Twenty-First Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science; Held at Ipswich in July 1851 (London, 1852)
        • pp. xxxix-liii, on p. xlii; and Airy to Whewell,
        • 1846
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