“One of the Greatest Mechanics of his Day”

  • Michael Hoskin
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Astronomy book series (BRIEFSASTRON)


Williams frustration at the modest size of the largest mirror at his disposal—the 18 in. of the large 20-ft—had grown steadily, as the months passed and his opinion of the nature of nebulae had shifted from one rival theory to the other. He had paid for the 20-ft out of his savings, but a reflector large enough to satisfy his ambitions would cost a king’s ransom, and the only way to fund it was to hold King George to ransom.


Vertical Strip Star Cluster Planetary Nebula Rival Theory Wealthy Family 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Churchill CollegeUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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