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.
Alexander Wilson: Thoughts on General Gravitation and Views Thence Arising as to the State of the Universe
John Pringle Nichol: Abstract of Astronomical Lectures Delivered at the University of Glasgow, Session 1837-1838
Testimonials in Favour of Ludwig Becker, Candidate for the Chair of Practical Astronomy in the University of Glasgow