Le Verrier—Magnificent and Detestable Astronomer

  • James Lequeux

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 397)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. James Lequeux
    Pages 1-19
  3. James Lequeux
    Pages 21-53
  4. James Lequeux
    Pages 55-75
  5. James Lequeux
    Pages 77-125
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    Pages 127-172
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    Pages 173-207
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    Pages 209-246
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    Pages 247-266
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    Pages 267-302
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  12. James Lequeux
    Pages E1-E1
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 321-337

About this book


Le Verrier was a superb scientist. His discovery of Neptune in 1846 made him the most famous astronomer of his time. He produced a complete theory of the motions of the planets which served as a basis for planetary ephemeris for a full century. Doing this, he discovered an anomaly in the motion of Mercury which later became the first proof of General Relativity. He also founded European meteorology. However his arrogance and bad temper created many enemies, and he was even fired from his position of Director of the Paris Observatory.


19th century astronomy French celestial mechanics Le Verrier astronomer Mercury anomaly discovery Neptune discovery Paris observatory director history of astronomy planet hunting techniques solar system history

Authors and affiliations

  • James Lequeux
    • 1
  1. 1.Paris ObservatoryParisFrance

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