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The Resource Orrery : a story of mechanical solar systems, clocks, and English nobility, Tony Buick

Orrery : a story of mechanical solar systems, clocks, and English nobility, Tony Buick

Label
Orrery : a story of mechanical solar systems, clocks, and English nobility
Title
Orrery
Title remainder
a story of mechanical solar systems, clocks, and English nobility
Statement of responsibility
Tony Buick
Title variation
Mechanical solar systems, clocks, and English nobility
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"To find the true story of the orrery, this book takes the reader to the vibrant, tumultous London of the 1600s. A mechanical model that shows the movements of the Moon and planets, the orrery takes its name from the Boyle family -- the Earls of Orrery. Here is the fascinating story of the origins of this intricate device. Orreries are found everywhere. They appear in paintings, on the side of royal clocks, in stately home hallways, and of course, in museums all over the world. Scientific instruments to demonstrate the movements of the planets and predict their positions using measuring devices, they were devised largely by clockmakers, but many others played a role too and are given due credit. The story of the Boyles is not just relevant to a tiny corner of Ireland, but spans history. "Orrery" highlights the process of discovery and humankind's universal fascination with the heavens, providing a fascinating example of the relationship between innovative thinking (invention) and precision engineering (execution). It will appeal to anyone interested in popular astronomy, astronomical mechanical devices, scientific instruments, the history of clocks - and even the history of aristocratic and prestigious families!"--Back cover
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Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Buick, Tony
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB70
LC item number
.B85 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Astronomers' universe,
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Astronomical models
  • Moon dial mechanisms
  • Mechanical movements
  • Chronometers
  • Planetariums
Label
Orrery : a story of mechanical solar systems, clocks, and English nobility, Tony Buick
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Setting the scene -- Honest George, chronometers and the mystery of the disappearing proto-orreries -- Orrery : the man and the model -- A closer look at gear calculations, time corrections, escapements, and orbital resonance -- The clockmaker's London -- Modern and orrery times compared -- Appendix 1: A select timeline -- Appendix 2: glossary -- Appendix 3: bibliogrpahy
Control code
856971617
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 299 pages
Isbn
9781461470427
Isbn Type
(softcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013947408
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)856971617
Label
Orrery : a story of mechanical solar systems, clocks, and English nobility, Tony Buick
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Setting the scene -- Honest George, chronometers and the mystery of the disappearing proto-orreries -- Orrery : the man and the model -- A closer look at gear calculations, time corrections, escapements, and orbital resonance -- The clockmaker's London -- Modern and orrery times compared -- Appendix 1: A select timeline -- Appendix 2: glossary -- Appendix 3: bibliogrpahy
Control code
856971617
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 299 pages
Isbn
9781461470427
Isbn Type
(softcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013947408
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)856971617

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