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Caroline Herschel (1750–1848): The Great Astronomer in Her Brother's Shadow

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Caroline Herschel was born almost a quarter of a century before Sophie Germain, who helped to shape mathematics at the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the 19th. The fact that Herschel is considered here as a scientist of the nineteenth century is due to her advanced age: she died in 1848 at the age of 97.

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    The Female Philosopher: Smelling out the Comet, 1790s; Draper Hill Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. See also: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/The-Female-Philosopher-Smelling-out-the-Comet-1790s-Draper-Hill-Collection-The-Ohio_fig2_273323994.

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    C. Herschel, Catalogue of stars taken from Mr. Flamsteed's observations contained in the second volume of the Historia cœlestis, and not inserted in the British Catalogue. With an index, to Point out Every Observation in that Volume Belonging to the Stars of the British Catalogue. To which is added, a collection of errata that should be noticed in the same volume. Published by Order, and at the Expense, of the Royal Society, London (1798).

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    Letter from Carl Friedrich Gauss to Caroline Herschel 1825.

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    Johann Heinrich Mädler, History of Celestial Science (1873).

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Jaeger, L. (2023). Caroline Herschel (1750–1848): The Great Astronomer in Her Brother's Shadow. In: Women of Genius in Science . Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-23926-7_6

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