Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn: Born Investigator of the Heavens by Pieter C. van der KruitJacobus Cornelius Kapteyn: Born Investigator of the Heavens by Pieter C. van der Kruit

Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn: Born Investigator of the Heavens

byPieter C. van der Kruit

Hardcover | November 28, 2014

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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. Both 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.

Pieter C. van der Kruit is the Jacobus C. Kapteyn Honorary Professor of Astronomy at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in astronomy from Leiden University in 1971 under Jan Hendrik Oort. He held a prestigious Carnegie postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatori...
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Title:Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn: Born Investigator of the HeavensFormat:HardcoverDimensions:698 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.02 inPublished:November 28, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319108751

ISBN - 13:9783319108759

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Chapter 1: Growing up in Barneveld.- Chapter 2: Studies in Utrecht.- Chapter 3: Astronomer in Leiden.- Chapter 4: Professor in Groningen.- Chapter 5: From Kepler to Parallax.- Chapter 6: Cape Photographic Durchmusterung.- Chapter 7: An Astronomical Laboratory.- Chapter 8: Colors and Motions.- Chapter 9: Star Streams.- Chapter 10: Selected Areas.- Chapter 11: Extinction.- Chapter 12: Students.- Chapter 13: Mount Wilson.- Chapter 14: Tides, Statistics and the Art of Discovery.- Chapter 15: First Attempt.- Chapter 16: Finale.- Appendices.- Notes and References.- Index.

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"It is extremely detailed, covering all aspects ofKapteyn's life, and is liberally illustrated, especially with portraits. . Thislengthy and detailed work will be an invaluable reference for historians ofscience." (Derek Jones, The Observatory, Issue 1248, October, 2015)".van derKruit's biography is an authoritative and highly valuable contribution to thehistory of astronomy and a rich source of information concerning Kapteyn andDutch and international astronomy ca. 1880-1920." -Helge Kragh, Journal for theHistory of Astronomy, Volume 46, Issue 4, November 2015