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The Comet Sweeper Caroline Herschel's Astronomical Ambition

Biography / Memoir Popular Science
Series: Icon Science
By: Claire Brock(Author)
208 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Icon Books
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Having escaped domestic servitude in Germany by teaching herself to sing, and established a career in England, Caroline Herschel learned astronomy while helping her brother William, then Astronomer Royal.

Soon making scientific discoveries in her own right, she swept to international scientific and popular fame. She was awarded a salary by George III in 1787 – the first woman in Britain to make her living from science.

But, as a woman in a male-dominated world, Herschel's great success was achieved despite constant frustration of her ambitions. Drawing on original sources – including Herschel's diaries and her fiery letters – Claire Brock tells the story of a woman determined to win independence and satisfy her astronomical ambition.

Contents

Acknowledgements   x

Introduction. Astronomical ambition   1
Chapter I Early life   13
Chapter II Escape to Bath   61
Chapter III From stage ornament to celebrated female astronomer   109
Chapter IV Distinguished at last   163
Conclusion   219

Notes   225
Bibliography   265
Index   281

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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.

Biography / Memoir Popular Science
Series: Icon Science
By: Claire Brock(Author)
208 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Icon Books
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