Revolutions in Astronomy
Special Collections holds many of the most important early works in the history of astronomy.
This virtual exhibition highlights a selection of key texts from various collections, including medieval manuscripts, 15th century books using the innovations offered by early printing, and groundbreaking 17th and 18th century scientific works. As we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the University of Glasgow’s Chair of Astronomy in 2010, also on display are items relating to Alexander Wilson - Glasgow's first Professor of Astronomy - and his successors.
This virtual exhibition is based on a display organised for the Royal Astronomical Society NAM conference, held at the University of Glasgow in April 2010. Research and captions by Paris O'Donnell; web editing by Lisa Ramsay (Graduate Trainees on placement in Special Collections): May 2010.
View the exhibition by selecting items of interest from the thumbnails below, or read about the books in chronological order: go to the first book.
Writings on the Calendar
Johannes Regiomontanus: Calendar
Alfonso X, King of Castile and Leon: Tabulae Astronomicae
Copernicus: De Revolutionibus
Tycho Brahe: Astronomiae Instauratae Mechanica
Johann Bayer: Uranometria
Johannes Kepler: Tabulae Rudolphinae
Johann Hevel: Selenographia
Sir Isaac Newton: Principia
John Flamsteed: Historia Celestis Britannica
Thomas Wright: An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe...
Globus Coelestis Sinicus Explicatus
Lecture Notes Given by John Tran on Natural Philosophy (Session 1687-88)
Alexander Wilson: Observations on the Solar Spots, Philosophical Transactions
Alexander Wilson: Thoughts on General Gravitation and Views Thence Arising as to the State of the Universe
Letter from Patrick Wilson, Prof. of Astronomy, to Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
John Pringle Nichol: Abstract of Astronomical Lectures Delivered at the University of Glasgow, Session 1837-1838
Robert Grant: Catalogue of 6415 Stars for the Epoch 1870
Testimonials in Favour of Ludwig Becker, Candidate for the Chair of Practical Astronomy in the University of Glasgow
Materials from the former University Observatory relating to Ludwig Becker