The Story of Helium and the Birth of Astrophysics

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ISBN: 978-1-4614-5362-8 (Print) 978-1-4614-5363-5 (Online)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi

  2. Chapter

    Pages 1-10

    The Unbearable Lightness of a ‘Noble’ Element

  3. Chapter

    Pages 11-19

    From Alchemy to Chemistry

  4. Chapter

    Pages 21-63

    From Chemistry to the Stars

  5. Chapter

    Pages 65-81

    Father Secchi, the Priest Who Became an Astronomer

  6. Chapter

    Pages 83-99

    Janssen, a Traveling Scientist

  7. Chapter

    Pages 101-116

    Norman Lockyer, Clerk Turned Astronomer

  8. Chapter

    Pages 117-138

    James F. Tennant, Soldier Turned Astronomer

  9. Chapter

    Pages 139-148

    Guntur, the Small Town at the Center of Attention

  10. Chapter

    Pages 149-174

    The Perpetual Eclipse of 1868

  11. Chapter

    Pages 175-202

    Lockyer and His Cosmic Hieroglyphics

  12. Chapter

    Pages 203-219

    The Ghost Element That Refused To Be Identified

  13. Chapter

    Pages 221-247

    Helium on Earth

  14. Chapter

    Pages 249-268

    The Folklore and Reality of the Discovery of Helium

  15. Back Matter

    Pages 269-274