Studies of Pallas in the Early Nineteenth Century

Historical Studies in Asteroid Research

  • Clifford J. Cunningham

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About this book


Based on extensive primary sources, many never previously translated into English, this is the definitive account of the discovery of Pallas as it went from being classified as a new planet to reclassification as the second of a previously unknown group of celestial objects. Cunningham, a dedicated scholar of asteroids, includes a large set of newly translated correspondence as well as the many scientific papers about Pallas in addition to sections of Schroeter's 1805 book on the subject.

It was Olbers who discovered Pallas, in 1802, the second of many asteroids that would be officially identified as such. From the Gold Medal offered by the Paris Academy to solve the mystery of Pallas' gravitational perturbations to Gauss' Pallas Anagram, the asteroid remained a lingering mystery to leading thinkers of the time. Representing an intersection of science, mathematics, and philosophy, the puzzle of Pallas occupied the thoughts of an amazing panorama of intellectual giants in Europe in the early 1800s.


19th Century Astronomy Asteroid Discovery Asteroids in Solar System Celestial Mechanics of Asteroids Discovery of Pallas First Asteroids Foreign Astronomy Gravitational Perturbation and Pallas Historical Astronomy Olbers

Authors and affiliations

  • Clifford J. Cunningham
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  1. 1.Fort LauderdaleUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32846-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32848-5
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