Über den Autor
David Sellers is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a founder member of the Society for the History of Astronomy. Before retirement he was a Chartered Civil Engineer working in flood risk management. He is the author of The Transit of Venus: the Quest to Find the True Distance of the Sun (Leeds, 2001) and co-author of Vénus Devant le Soleil (Paris, 2003).
Part 1: The 'Discovery' of William Gascoigne.- Introduction.- The Gascoignes of Thorp-On-The-Hill.- The 'Discovery' of William Gascoigne.- A 'Light of the First Magnitude'.- Derham and de la Hire.- Bevis and de la Hire.- In His Own Hand.- Part 2: Gascoigne's World.- The Religious World of William Gascoigne.- The Optical World of William Gascoigne.- The Astronomical World of William Gascoigne.- Part 3: Digging Further.- The Flamsteed Transcriptions.- Bodleian Transcriptions.- British Library MSS and Other Transcriptions.- The Civil War and After.- The Road to Civil War.- After Marston Moor.- The Legacy of William Gascoigne.
The only book devoted to the tragically short life of William Gascoigne and his invention of the telescopic sight and micrometer-instruments crucial to the advance of astronomy Provides a glimpse into the turbulent world facing a young English astronomer in the early seventeenth century and the state of optics and astronomy in his time Tells a captivating story of how Gascoigne's work was gradually recovered and his achievement was rescued from oblivion, containing much correspondence that has never been published before