Discovery of Neptune

1846

Discovery of Neptune

The book of science

Tom Sharp

John Couch Adams, Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier, Johann Gottfried Galle astronomy

Discovery of Neptune

Blinded by love

Ephemerides

Discovery of a new planet was big news. Invisibly, it expanded our lives. It at least renewed the use of a name for something that we might agree could mean something similar from one person to the next.

Ephemerides, books of tables giving the positions of the planets in the zodiac, are used with our dates and times of birth by astrologers to convey a sense of scientific credibility to their generalities and rules of thumb.

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