The Case of the Pilfered Planet: Did the British Steal Neptune?


Subject:
Astronomy , Planets

Description:
This 2004 article explores the "story of mathematical sleuthing and telescopic detection of the planet that [French mathematician Urbain Jean Joseph] Le Verrier named Neptune ... [and] the controversy set off when, soon after ... the discovery, it emerged that a young and little-known English mathematician, John Couch Adams, had independently tackled the same problem and deduced much the same position -- before Le Verrier had." Includes a related sidebar. From Scientific American.

Creator:
Sheehan, William; Kollerstrom Nicholas; Waff, Craig B.

Publisher:
Scientific American, Inc.

Language:
English

Source:
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-case-of-the-pilfered


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