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Oxford FiguresEight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences$
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John Fauvel, Raymond Flood, and Robin Wilson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.001.0001

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Edmond Halley

Edmond Halley

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(p.141) Chapter 6 Edmond Halley
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Allan Chapman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.003.0007

In this chapter we describe Edmond Halley’s undergraduate excursion to map the southern stars, and the establishment of his early career. We also discuss his relationship to Flamsteed, Hooke, and Newton, and describe his astronomical work on comets, nebulae, stellar distribution, the size of the solar system, and geophysics. Several of these advances were carried out while he held the positions of Savilian Professor of Geometry and Astronomer Royal.

Keywords:   18th-century Oxford, 18th-century astronomy, Edmond Halley, Astronomer Royal, comets, nebulae, geophysics, geomagnetism

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