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“Es wäre mir unmöglich nur ein halbes Jahr so zu leben wie er”: Encke, Humboldt und was wir schon immer über die neue Berliner Sternwarte wissen wollten (2003)


Knobloch, Eberhard (Author)

Pages: 27-57

Publication Date: 2003
Edition Details: Translated title: [“It would be impossible for me to live only half a year as him”: Encke, Humboldt and what we have always wanted to know about the new Berlin observatory.] In German.
Language: German

When Alexander von Humboldt returned to Berlin in 1827 he quickly began to promote the science of astronomy in the Prussian capital. Humboldt's arguments, put forth in a memorial, persuaded the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III to grant the financial means necessary for buying Fraunhofer's last large refractor telescope, for ordering a meridian circle from Pistor, and a chronometer form Tiede, as well as for constructing a new observatory in Berlin-Kreuzberg to house all of these newly acquired instruments. This article is based on previously unknown archival material kept in the Prussian State Archives. In the Appendix, Humboldt's memorial is published for the first time.


Description On Humboldt's promotion of astronomy in the Prussian capital. “This article is based on previously unknown archival material kept in the Prussian State Archives. In the Appendix, Humboldt's memorial is published for the first time.” (from the abstract)

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McCray, W. Patrick
Véron, Philippe
Tenn, Joseph S.
Smith, Robert William
Dollfus, Audouin
Hamel, Jürgen
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Rittenhouse: Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise
History of Science
British Journal for the History of Science
Harvard University Press
Verlag Harri Deutsch
Museum Boerhaave
Lehmanns Colonialwaren im Eigenverl.
Astronomical observatories
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Science and politics
Humboldt, Alexander von
Encke, Johann Franz
Wilson, Albert George
Hall, John Scoville
Janssen, Jules
Herschel, William
United States
Paris (France)
19th century
20th century
18th century
17th century
20th century, late
Paris Observatory
Lowell Observatory
Pulkovo Observatory
Leiden Observatory

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