History of Astronomy : Acta Historica Astronomiae

Peter Brosche:

Der Astronom der Herzogin
[The astronomer of the duchess]

Leben und Werk von Franz Xaver von Zach 1754-1832
[Life and work of Franz Xaver von Zach 1754-1832]

(Acta Historica Astronomiae ; Vol. 12)

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The astronomer, geodesist, geographer and historian of science Franz Xaver von Zach (1754-1832) lived and worked in several European countries. Duke Ernst II of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg appointed him as the founding scientist of his Seeberg Observatory. This was the place of his strongest activity.

Why should we have an interest in him today? There is a rationale and an emotional answer. First, he has rendered organisational services to his sciences which are equivalent to a great scientific achievement. Second, Zach was a very colourful character, travelled across many states in a time of radical changes and had connections with many colleagues and public figures.

Images from his life therefore provide outlooks, insights and relations.

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Bibliographical details:

Peter Brosche: Der Astronom der Herzogin. Leben und Werk von Franz Xaver von Zach 1754-1832. (Acta Historica Astronomiae ; 12). Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Harri Deutsch, 2001. 305 p., ISBN 3-8171-1656-X, 57 b/w ill., 8 colour plates, 15 x 21 cm, paperback EUR 24.80 / sFr 38.80.

Published in July 2001.

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