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Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn

Born Investigator of the Heavens

  • Pieter C. van der Kruit

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 416)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Pieter C. van der Kruit
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  3. Pieter C. van der Kruit
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  18. Back Matter
    Pages 611-698

About this book

Introduction

Jacobus C. Kapteyn (1851-1922) was a Dutch astronomer who contributed heavily to major catalogs of star positions, such as the Cape Photographic Durchmusterung and the Harvard-Groningen Durchmusterung, and arranged extensive international collaboration through his Plan of Selected Areas. He contributed to the establishment of statistical astronomy and structure and dynamics of the Sidereal System. All aspects of Kapteyn’s life are discussed, from his birth in Barneveld, the Netherlands, to his death in Amsterdam, and his entire resume of scientific achievements in between. Kapteyn had some conflicts with others in his field, especially after the world became divided on how to handle scientific contributions from Germany post-World War I. Kapteyn's struggles and achievements are written against the backdrop of both the historical context of the world at that time as well as the scientific one.

Keywords

Astronomical Laboratory Cape Photographis Durchmusterung Galactic Structure Harlow Shapley Jacobus Kapteyn Jacobus Kapteyn Biography Kapteyn Institute Groningen Pieter van Rhijn Plan of Selected Areas Statistical Astronomy Willem de Sitter

Authors and affiliations

  • Pieter C. van der Kruit
    • 1
  1. 1.Kapteyn Astronomical InstituteUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10876-6
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-10875-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-10876-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7985
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