John Gribbin

Stars In Their Eyes

Discoverers of the Universe: William and Caroline Herschel


Princeton University Press 237pp £20.95 order from our bookshop

The bare bones of the story of William Herschel are well known: he was a German musician who came to England, took up astronomy, and discovered the planet Uranus. Oh yes, and he had a sister who helped him out a bit. All this is true; but, as Michael Hoskin’s delightful book makes clear, it is not the whole story.

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