William Crabtree's Venus transit observation

  title={William Crabtree's Venus transit observation},
  author={N. Kollerstrom},
  journal={Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union},
  pages={34 - 40}
  • N. Kollerstrom
  • Published 2004
  • History
  • Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
The close collaboration between the two North-country astronomers Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree gave them special insight into the new astronomy published by the recently-deceased Kepler, whereby Horrocks became the only person to apprehend that the Rudolphine tables were in fact predicting a Venus transit in 1639. This paper focuses especially upon William Crabtree's role and contribution. A comparison is made with an earlier, unsuccessful endeavour by these two concerning a possible… Expand
Early Numerical Analysis in Kepler's New Astronomy


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33 A year later, in a letter to Huygens, he discussed the Crabtree and Horrocks measurements
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