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Astronomers against Newton? Francis Baily’s Account of the First Astronomer Royal

Higgitt, Rebekah F. (2004) Astronomers against Newton? Francis Baily’s Account of the First Astronomer Royal. Endeavour, 28 . pp. 20-24. ISSN 0160-9327. (doi:10.1016/j.endeavour.2004.01.012) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:53942)

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Abstract

Francis Baily's publication of the manuscripts of John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, provoked a furious response. Flamsteed had quarrelled with Isaac Newton, and described him in terms unforgivable to those who claimed him as a paragon of all virtues, both moral and scientific. Baily was condemned for putting Flamsteed's complaints in the public sphere. However, his supporters saw his work as a critique of the excessive hero-worship accorded to Newton. Written when the word 'scientist' had been newly coined, this work and the debates it provoked gives us an insight into contemporary views of the role of the man of science and of the use of science to back political, religious and moral positions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2004.01.012
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 12:01 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53942 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Higgitt, Rebekah F.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9387-4150
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