Charles Olivier and the Rise of Meteor Science (Springer by Richard Taibi

By Richard Taibi

This attention-grabbing portrait of an beginner astronomy movement tells the tale of the way Charles Olivier recruited a hard-working cadre of citizen scientists to rehabilitate the research of meteors. By 1936, Olivier and contributors of his American Meteor Society had succeeded in disproving an misguided thought approximately meteor showers. utilizing cautious observations, they restored the public’s belief in predictions approximately periodic showers and renewed recognize for meteor astronomy between expert astronomers within the usa. Charles Olivier and his society of observers who were enthusiastic about expecting meteors within the evening sky left a tremendous effect at the field.

In addition to describing Olivier’s career and describing his struggles with aggressive colleagues in a adverse medical weather, the author provides biographies of a few of the rankings of ladies and males of every age who aided Olivier in making bathe observations, from the Leonids and Perseids and others. half those novice volunteers have been from thirteen to twenty-five years of age. Their paintings allowed Olivier and the AMS to contradict the mistaken trust in desk bound and long-enduring meteor showers, bringing the idea in their foundation into alignment with celestial mechanics. Thanks to Olivier and his collaborators, the research of meteors took a very good leap forward within the 20th century to earn a spot as a priceless subject of research between expert astronomers.

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