© 2000

The Legacy of J.C. Kapteyn

Studies on Kapteyn and the Development of Modern Astronomy


Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 246)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Petra van der Heijden
    Pages 31-52
  3. Wessel E. Krul
    Pages 53-78
  4. Michael Feast
    Pages 109-128
  5. David H. DeVorkin
    Pages 129-150
  6. Robert W. Smith
    Pages 175-190
  7. Owen Gingerich
    Pages 191-212
  8. Gerard Gilmore
    Pages 265-276
  9. Michael Perryman
    Pages 277-298
  10. P. C. van der Kruit
    Pages 299-324
  11. Maarten Schmidt
    Pages 325-336
  12. L. Woltjer
    Pages 337-344
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 345-382

About this book


Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn (1851-1922) of the University of Groningen was one of the foremost astronomers of his time, resulting in a leading role internationally of Dutch astronomy throughout the twentieth century. This volume, which is the proceedings of a special `legacy' symposium at the celebration of the 385th anniversary of the University of Groningen, addresses Kapteyn's influence on the development of modern astronomy through studies of his pioneering work on statistical astronomy and the Structure of the Sidereal System, and his leadership in establishing international collaborations, in particular the Plan of Selected Areas. In addition to historical studies related to Kapteyn's person, work, international collaborations and organisational efforts, the volume discusses the influence of Kapteyn on the internationalisation of astronomy and on contemporary astronomy. It also provides an inventory of Kapteyn's correspondence.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of GroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Legacy of J.C. Kapteyn
  • Book Subtitle Studies on Kapteyn and the Development of Modern Astronomy
  • Editors Piet C. van der Kruit
    Klaas van Berkel
  • Series Title Astrophysics and Space Science Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6393-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0374-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-9864-9
  • Series ISSN 0067-0057
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 404
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    History, general
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