Contributions to Solar Physics: I. A popular account of inquiries into the physical constitution of the sun, with special reference to recent spectroscopic researches; II. Communications to the Royal Society of London, and the French Academy of Sciences, with Notes.
by LOCKYER, Joseph Norman (1836-1920).
London:: Macmillan, 1874., 1874. Thick 8vo. xxi, , 676 pp. Chromolithographic frontispiece, 6 plates (including 2 folding, 2 chromolithographs), 175 figs., index. Original blue gilt-stamped & black-printed cloth, top edge gilt; spine ends frayed. Very good. First edition in book form, being a collection of articles and lectures previously published. The book is arranged in two parts: I: physical constitution of the sun, and, II: reprinting various papers he issued earlier, but now with added notes, and the relationship of his research to that of others. This book clearly describes the Sun with the use of the new spectroscope, allowing for spectral analysis of surface temperature, and especially the study of Sun-spots. Lockyer was perhaps the most prominent solar astronomer of his time, discovering helium via spectroscopic imaging of the sun. George Ellery Hale (1868-1938) wrote that this particular book was often a source of inspiration for him, writing to Lady Lockyer, "Only recently I have been taking quotations from [Lockyer's] Solar Physics bearing on the nature of sun-spots, and I cannot open [this book] without a thrill of the old excitement that they brought to me many years ago…" – Meadows, p. 307. See: Meadows, A. J., Science and Controversy: A biography of Sir Norman Lockyer, 1972.
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