Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 June 2014

368 Pages | 88 Halftones, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719091445

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William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse

Astronomy and the castle in nineteenth-century Ireland

R. Charles Mollan

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Provides new and revealing information about a resident Irish landlord before, during and after the devastating Irish famine in the 1840s
  • Provides detailed information about the engineering initiatives of the Earl, who built enormous reflecting telescopes in the Irish countryside in the middle of the nineteenth century
  • Parsons was the first astronomer to recognise the spiral shape of some galaxies, an observation of signal importance in astronomy
  • The book also details his other astronomical achievements
  • Parsons was President of the Royal Society from 1848-54
  • The book provides revealing information about the history of that Society and of the British Association for the Advancement of Science
  • The Countess of Rosse was a pioneering photographer, and a remarkable woman in her own right
  • She receives full recognition in this book, which includes many wonderful illustrations

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