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Astronomers Royal, The
Emily Winterburn (au); Martin Rees (fr)
Hardcover (no d.j.)
In 1675 King Charles II of England founded the Royal Observatory at Greenwich with the aim of finding out the ‘so-much desired longitude of places for perfecting the art of navigation’. To this end, he appointed John Flamsteed as the first Astronomer Royal to map the stars accurately enough so that sailors could have reliable charts with which to navigate the seas. Since Flamsteed, there have been 14 Astronomers Royal, each of whom has contributed to the world’s understanding of the stars, time and space. This book is a unique portrait of these great personalities and minds that changed the way we see the world. Color and black and white illustrations.
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