The development of astronomy in the United States prior to 1900 Public Deposited

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  • From the earliest English colonization to the present day, there has been interest in astronomy in this country. The purpose of this thesis is to show how the science of astronomy developed in America from the earliest observations by educated colonists using imported instruments and publishing in European journals, to the end of the nineteenth century, when advances in technology and education had brought American astronomers to a position of equality with European astronomers in technique, instrumentation, publications, and facilities. The information presented in this paper is derived from a survey of the literature on the subject, including European and American books and articles, and unpublished dissertations and theses. Both modern European and American writers agree that the momentum gained by the American astronomers by the late nineteenth century was directly responsible for the unquestioned leadership in the science enjoyed here through the first half of the twentieth century.
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