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The Comet Sweeper: Caroline Herschel's Astronomical Ambition

Biography / Memoir

By: Claire Brock

208 pages, no illustrations

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Hardback | Mar 2007 | #166433 | ISBN-13: 9781840467208
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The Comet Sweeper is the incredible story of Britain's first female professional scientist - Caroline Herschel.


Content s Acknowledgements x INTRODUCTION Astronomical ambition 1 CHAPTER I Early life 13 CHAPTER II Escape to Bath 61 CHAPTER III From stage ornament to 109 celebrated female astronomer CHAPTER IV Distinguished at last 163 Conclusion 219 Notes 225 Bibliography 265 Index 281

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About the author Claire Brock is a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Leicester. She was recently awarded the British Society for the History of Science's Singer Prize for an article on the Victorian scientist and writer Mary Somerville. She is available for interview.

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