An Account of the Revd. John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer-royal: Compiled from His Own Manuscripts, and Other Authentic Documents, Never Before Published. To which is Added His British Catalogue of Stars, Cor. and Enl

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order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 1835 - Astronomers - 672 pages

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Page 107 - forthwith to apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying the tables of the motions of the heavens, and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting the art of navigation.
Page iii - An Account of the Rev. John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, compiled from his own Manuscripts and other authentic Documents, never before published. To which is added, his British Catalogue of Stars, corrected and enlarged.
Page 37 - Court, to receive his proposals ; with power to elect, and to receive into their number, any other skilful persons : and, having heard them, to give the King an account of them, with their opinion whether or no they were practicable, and would show what he pretended. Sir Jonas Moore carried me with him to one of their meetings, where I was chosen into their number; and, after, the Frenchman's proposals were read : which were 1°. To have the year and day of the observations : 2°. The height of two...
Page xxxiii - I do not love to be printed upon every occasion, much less to be dunned and teased by foreigners about mathematical things, or to be thought by our own people to be trifling away my time about them, when I should be about the King's business.
Page xxxiii - You may let the world know, if you please, how well you are stored with observations of all sorts, and what calculations you have made towards rectifying the theories of the heavenly motions. But there may be cases wherein your friends should not be published without their leave ; and therefore I hope you will so order the matter that I may not, on this occasion, be brought upon the stage. I am your humble servant, 'Is. NEWTON.
Page 224 - This set of observations we report the fullest and completest that has ever yet been made ; and as it tends to the perfection of astronomy and navigation, so, if it should be lost, the loss would be irreparable.
Page 272 - I have spent a large sum of money above my appointment, out of my own estate, to complete my catalogue, and finish my astronomical works under my hands. Do not tease me with banter, by telling me that these alterations are made to please me, when you are sensible nothing can be more displeasing nor injurious, than to be told so. Make my case your own, and tell me...
Page xxv - From this period we date the commencement of modern astronomy. The invention of the telescope, and the introduction of the clock, then first used for astronomical purposes, were vast improvements on the ancient mode of observing ; and their beneficial effects were immediately apparent.
Page 146 - Christmas in making the table of refractions) I can endure them and go through them well enough. But when I am about other things (as at present) I can neither fix to them with patience nor do them without errors ; which makes me let the moon's theory alone at present, with a design to set to it again and go through it at once.
Page xxxix - I have now spent thirty-five years in the composing and work of my catalogue, which may in time be published for the use of her Majesty's subjects, and ingenious men all the world over. I have endured long and painful distempers by my night watches and day labours. I have spent a large sum of money, above my appointment, out of my own estate, to complete my catalogue, and finish my astronomical works under my hands. Do not tease me with banter, by telling...

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