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The Moon

A Translation of Der Mond

Book

Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-liv
  2. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 1-2
  3. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 3-5
  4. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 7-7
  5. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 9-10
  6. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 17-18
  7. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 19-22
  8. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 27-30
  9. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 31-32
  10. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 33-35
  11. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 37-38
  12. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 39-41
  13. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 43-43
  14. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 45-60
  15. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 61-63
  16. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 65-65
  17. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 67-76
  18. Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt
    Pages 77-80

About this book

Introduction

Julius Schmidt was one of the finest astronomical observers of his time, and his detailed map of the Moon surpassed anything that had come before. Today, the German astronomer and geophysicist has remained a largely neglected figure, despite being one of the most important players in the history of lunar studies.

This book at last makes accessible Schmidt’s highly regarded German work, Der Mond. Considered an astronomical classic of the nineteenth century, Der Mond remained without a proper English counterpart for the last century and a half, until now. The author’s faithful English translation provides readers with much-needed access into Schmidt’s original publication, with the aim of showing the community just how vital his work and legacy have been in the international field of selenography.

Keywords

Der Mond Julius Schmidt Der Mond translation Schmidt moon map Athens Observatory 19th century astronomy 19th century lunar studies Schmidt lunar map National Observatory of Athens Linné controversy Q Cygni Selenography Selenology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.AthensGreece

About the authors

Steve Harvey has worked in the Computing Industry for over 25 years, for companies such as BAE, Thales, EADS and McLaren. He is a professional member of the British Computer Society and has lived and worked for seven years in Germany. Harvey, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, is also a member of many national astronomy groups, including SPA, BAA, BIS and the Planetary Society. He sits on the Council for the British Astronomical Association and currently holds the position of the Computing Section Director. Within this role, he edits and produces the yearly Handbook, an internationally renowned Almanac dating back to 1920.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“Stephen Harvey has done an excellent job at translating Schmidt’s most famous publication, and so the book should be of great value to astronomical historians and amateur astronomers interested in the Moon who wish to own this work, but cannot decipher the original in German.” (Anthony Cook, The Observatory, Vol. 141 (1281), April, 2021)