*************************************************************************** * * * ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY * * * * Published by the Working Group for the History of Astronomy * * in the Astronomische Gesellschaft * * * * Number 9, March 31, 1995 * * * * A translation of * * * * ELEKTRONISCHE MITTEILUNGEN ZUR ASTRONOMIEGESCHICHTE * * Nr. 9, 1. Maerz 1995 * * * * Edited by: Dr. Wolfgang R. Dick <wdi@potsdam.ifag.de> * * * * Translated by: Mr. Donald Bellunduno <76450.1741@CompuServe.COM> * * * *************************************************************************** Contents -------- World Wide Web Services in the History of Astronomy Lutz D. Schmadel: Minor Planet Names with Unknown Meaning Robert J. Nemiroff: 75th Anniversary Astronomical Debate New Books Expressions of Thanks Imprint ........................................................................... World Wide Web Services in the History of Astronomy --------------------------------------------------- The first general History of Astronomy pages are now on the "Web" (URL: http://aibn55.astro.uni-bonn.de:8000/~pbrosche/astoria.html). They contain own information as well as links to special pages at other servers devoted to the history of astronomy and to related topics in general history of science. These pages are maintained by the Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft (URL: http://aibn55.astro.uni-bonn.de:8000/~pbrosche/aa/aa.html). The electronic newsletters of the working group are available from this server. The structure of the pages is: History of astronomy: Observatories and other places Persons Items Archives Museums and exhibits Publications Meetings Societies History of science in general: General history of science servers General items related to the history of astronomy History of sciences related to astronomy History of institutions Archives Museums Publications Meetings Societies History in general What is the World Wide Web? The WorldWideWeb (WWW, W3) is the universe of network-accessible information, an embodiment of human knowledge. It is an initiative started at CERN, now with many participants. It has a body of software, and a set of protocols and conventions. W3 uses hypertext and multimedia techniques to make the web easy for anyone to roam, browse, and contribute to. Each highlighted phrase (in color or underlined) is a hyperlink to another document or information resource somewhere on the Internet. (Sources: http://www11.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SDG/Software/Mosaic/Docs/help-about.html) One of the best W3 browsers is NCSA's Mosaic. To obtain a public-domain version for the X Window System, for the Apple Macintosh, or for Microsoft Windows use NCSA's anonymous FTP Server: ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu ........................................................................... Minor Planet Names with Unknown Meaning --------------------------------------- By Lutz D. Schmadel, Heidelberg In 1994 the second edition of my 'Dictionary of Minor Planet Names' [1] was released. In the meantime other related facts contained in letters obtained by me were also able to be put together. As of November 1994 there were 6160 numbered minor planets, of which 4741 (77.0%) had been assigned a designated name. The meanings of 94.7% of all names are known, and there are only a few cases in which the meaning is uncertain or questionable. The remaining percentage of planets for which the meaning of their names is completely unknown adds up to about 2.6% (122 planets). In this issue I would like to submit then the collective work done on this subject by the readers of the 'Electronic Newsletter for the History of Astronomy'. The following list contains numbers, names, and discovery dates of these planets. Please direct any further information to my address at: Dr. L. D. Schmadel, Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Moenchhofstr. 12-14, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany E-mail: S21@MVS.URZ.UNI-HEIDELBERG.DE [1] Schmadel, Lutz D.: Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York etc.: Springer-Verlag, 1994. Pp. IX, 741. ISBN 3-540-57260-0. DM 118.00 Minor Planet Names with Unknown Meaning 164 Eva 1876 P. P. Henry (Paris) 177 Irma 1877 P. P. Henry (Paris) 186 Celuta 1878 P. M. Henry (Paris) 210 Isabella 1879 J. Palisa (Pola) 223 Rosa 1882 J. Palisa (Vienna) 245 Vera 1885 N. R. Pogson (Madras) 252 Clementina 1885 J. Perrotin (Nice) 262 Valda 1886 J. Palisa (Vienna) 272 Antonia 1888 A. Charlois (Nice) 276 Adelheid 1888 J. Palisa (Vienna) 278 Paulina 1888 J. Palisa (Vienna) 283 Emma 1889 A. Charlois (Nice) 284 Amalia 1889 A. Charlois (Nice) 285 Regina 1889 A. Charlois (Nice) 291 Alice 1890 J. Palisa (Vienna) 292 Ludovica 1890 J. Palisa (Vienna) 294 Felicia 1890 A. Charlois (Nice) 295 Theresia 1890 J. Palisa (Vienna) 297 Caecilia 1890 A. Charlois (Nice) 298 Baptistina 1890 A. Charlois (Nice) 300 Geraldina 1890 A. Charlois (Nice) 302 Clarissa 1890 A. Charlois (Nice) 310 Margarita 1891 A. Charlois (Nice) 311 Claudia 1891 A. Charlois (Nice) 312 Pierretta 1891 A. Charlois (Nice) 314 Rosalia 1891 A. Charlois (Nice) 316 Goberta 1891 A. Charlois (Nice) 318 Magdalena 1891 A. Charlois (Nice) 319 Leona 1891 A. Charlois (Nice) 331 Etheridgea 1892 A. Charlois (Nice) 332 Siri 1892 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 337 Devosa 1892 A. Charlois (Nice) 338 Budrosa 1892 A. Charlois (Nice) 345 Tercidina 1892 A. Charlois (Nice) 347 Pariana 1892 A. Charlois (Nice) 351 Yrsa 1892 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 354 Eleonora 1893 A. Charlois (Nice) 357 Ninina 1893 A. Charlois (Nice) 360 Carlova 1893 A. Charlois (Nice) 368 Haidea 1893 A. Charlois (Nice) 375 Ursula 1893 A. Charlois (Nice) 383 Janina 1894 A. Charlois (Nice) 391 Ingeborg 1894 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 413 Edburga 1896 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 419 Aurelia 1896 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 435 Ella 1898 M. Wolf; A. Schwassmann (Heidelberg) 436 Patricia 1898 M. Wolf; A. Schwassmann (Heidelberg) 441 Bathilde 1898 A. Charlois (Nice) 448 Natalie 1899 M. Wolf; A. Schwassmann (Heidelberg) 450 Brigitta 1899 M. Wolf; A. Schwassmann (Heidelberg) 453 Tea 1900 A. Charlois (Nice) 481 Emita 1902 L. Carnera (Heidelberg) 491 Carina 1902 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 509 Iolanda 1903 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 520 Franziska 1903 M. Wolf; P. Goetz (Heidelberg) 522 Helga 1904 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 532 Herculina 1904 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 574 Reginhild 1905 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 575 Renate 1905 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 591 Irmgard 1906 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 599 Luisa 1906 J. H. Metcalf (Taunton) 602 Marianna 1906 J. H. Metcalf (Taunton) 610 Valeska 1906 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 611 Valeria 1906 J. H. Metcalf (Taunton) 612 Veronika 1906 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 618 Elfriede 1906 K. Lohnert (Heidelberg) 625 Xenia 1907 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 628 Christine 1907 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 629 Bernardina 1907 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 633 Zelima 1907 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 636 Erika 1907 J. H. Metcalf (Taunton) 641 Agnes 1907 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 647 Adelgunde 1907 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 649 Josefa 1907 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 663 Gerlinde 1908 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 665 Sabine 1908 W. Lorenz (Heidelberg) 667 Denise 1908 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 684 Hildburg 1909 A. Kopff (Heidelberg) 685 Hermia 1909 W. Lorenz (Heidelberg) 687 Tinette 1909 J. Palisa (Vienna) 688 Melanie 1909 J. Palisa (Vienna) 695 Bella 1909 J. H. Metcalf (Taunton) 710 Gertrud 1911 J. Palisa (Vienna) 795 Fini 1914 J. Palisa (Vienna) 796 Sarita 1914 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 802 Epyaxa 1915 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 817 Annika 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 820 Adriana 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 821 Fanny 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 822 Lalage 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 825 Tanina 1916 G. N. Neujmin (Simeis) 826 Henrika 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 833 Monica 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 835 Olivia 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 838 Seraphina 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 842 Kerstin 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 845 Naema 1916 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 860 Ursina 1917 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 868 Lova 1917 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 873 Mechthild 1917 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 882 Swetlana 1917 G. N. Neujmin (Simeis) 891 Gunhild 1918 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 969 Leocadia 1921 S. I. Belyavskij (Simeis) 1015 Christa 1924 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1043 Beate 1925 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1049 Gotho 1925 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1050 Meta 1925 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1053 Vigdis 1925 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 1109 Tata 1929 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1156 Kira 1928 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1169 Alwine 1930 M. Wolf; M. Ferrero (Heidelberg) 1175 Margo 1930 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1180 Rita 1931 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1182 Ilona 1927 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1183 Jutta 1930 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1187 Afra 1929 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1214 Richilde 1932 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 1219 Britta 1932 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) 1288 Santa 1933 E. Delporte (Uccle) 1293 Sonja 1933 E. Delporte (Uccle) 1438 Wendeline 1937 K. Reinmuth (Heidelberg) 1514 Ricouxa 1906 M. Wolf (Heidelberg) ........................................................................... 75th Anniversary Astronomical Debate ------------------------------------ By Robert J. Nemiroff, Greenbelt, USA In April 1920, Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis debated "The Scale of the Universe" in Washington, DC. 75 years later, in April 1995, in commemoration of the `Great Debate', Donald Q. Lamb and Bohdan Paczynski will debate "The Distance Scale to Gamma-Ray Bursts" in the same auditorium. Martin Rees will moderate. Introductory lectures will be given by Virginia Trimble and Gerald Fishman. Tickets are free: availability information is listed through the home page. The home page also makes available a great deal of background information about the 1920 Curtis - Shapley debate suitable for undergraduate lectures wishing to mention the 75th anniversary of this historic astronomical event. Location: Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, Baird Auditorium, Constitution Ave. at 10th St. NW, Washington, DC. This is the same auditorium where the original Shapley - Curtis Debate was held in 1920. The Smithsonian is a co-sponsor of this event. Time: Saturday, 22 April 1995. The debate programs begins promptly at 1:00 pm. The latest the program will go is 4:30 pm with a scheduled intermission. There are tentative plans for a reception later that evening. No one will be admitted without a (free) ticket. Ticket availability is not guaranteed. Tickets should be requested in writing so that we can send you updated information on this event as well as a `75th Anniversary Astronomical Debate Educational Package.' For tickets write to: 75th Anniversary Astronomical Debate George Mason University CSI Institute Fairfax, VA 22030 USA Tickets will be mailed starting in January 1995. More information can be found in the World Wide Web at URL: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/diamond_jubilee/debate.html E-mail: nemiroff@grossc.gsfc.nasa.gov ........................................................................... New Books ---------- Abalakin, Viktor Kuz'mich (Ed.): Glavnaya Astronomicheskaya Observatoriya v Pulkove. 1839-1917 gg. Sbornik dokumentov. [The Pulkovo Main Observatory. 1839-1917. A collection of documents]. Sankt-Peterburg: Nauka, 1994. Pp. 336, ISBN 5-02-024667-0 Abeler, Juergen: Ullstein Uhrenbuch. Eine Kulturgeschichte der Zeitmessung. [Ullstein Book of Clocks. A cultural history of the measurement of time.] Berlin: Verlag Ullstein, 1994. c. 380 pp., 128 pp. with illus., ISBN 3-550-06849-2, Hb DM 78.00 Blaauw, Adriaan: History of the IAU. The birth and first half-century of the International Astronomical Union. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994. Pp. 300, ISBN 0-7923-2980-5, NLG 90.00 (pb), ISBN 0-7923-2979-1, NLG 150.00 (hb) Borchert, Aloys: Mueller, Adolf, S. J., Professor der Astronomie an der Gregorianischen Universitaet zu Rom [Professor of astronomy at the Gregorian University in Rome], Johann Keppler, der Gesetzgeber der neueren Astronomie. Rezension. [Johann Keppler, the lawgiver of the new astronomy. Book review.] 1 Microfiche. Egelsbach: Verlag Markus Haensel-Hohenhausen, 1994. ISBN 3-8267-9455-9, DM 48.00 (= Dt. Hochschulschriften. Miscellanea theologica, 9455) Ceyp, Michael: Faszination Russische Uhren. Von der Militaeruhr bis zum Schiffschronometer [Fascination in Russian clocks. From the military clock up to the ship's chronometer]. Bremen: Verlag H. M. Hauschild, 1994. 100 pp., 167 illus. in colour, 26 x 21 cm, ISBN 3-929902-24-9, Hb DM 48.00 Coelho, Victor (Ed.): Music and science in the age of Galileo. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1993. Pp. 268, ISBN 0-7923-2028-X, NLG 159.00, GBP 63.75 (= The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, 51) [12 essays by specialists in the fields of astronomy, history of science, musicology, philosophy and instrument building] Erich Mendelsohns Einsteinturm in Potsdam [Erich Mendelsohn's Einstein Tower in Potsdam]. Potsdam: Potsdamer VerlagsBuchhandlung, 1994. 96 pp., 54 illus., ISBN 3-910196-23-3, Pb DM 24.80 (= Arbeitshefte des Brandenburgischen Landesamtes fuer Denkmalpflege, Nr. 5) [contains: J.Limberg: Entwuerfe, Ausfuehrung und Erweiterungsbau [Plans, implimentations and further construction]; J.Staude: Sonnenforschung in Potsdam - Das Sonnenobservatorium Einsteinturm des Astrophysikalischen Instituts Potsdam [Solar research in Potsdam - The Solar Observatory Einstein Tower of the Astrophysical Institute at Potsdam]] Fasching, Gerhard: Sternbilder und ihre Mythen [Constellations and their myths]. Vienna, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1993. VIII, 312 pp., ISBN 3-211-82479-0, Hb DM 69.00; 2nd, improved ed. 1994. 310 pp. Feyl, Renate: Der lautlose Aufbruch. Frauen in der Wissenschaft [The Silent outbreak. Women in the sciences]. Koeln: Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1994. 208 pp., ISBN 3-462-02388-8, Pb DM 16.80 (= KiWi, 359) [1st ed.: Verlag Neues Leben, Berlin 1981; contains a chapter on Caroline Herschel (1750-1848)] Fomenko, A.T.: Empirico-statistical analysis of narrative material and its applications to historical dating. Vol. 1: The development of the statistical tools. Vol. 2: The analysis of Ancient and Medieval records. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994. Pp. 228 + 472, ISBN 0-7923-2606-7, NLG 465.00, GBP 186.00 (hb) [included dating of the Almagest Star Catalogue] Goddard, Dorothy E.; Haynes, Raymond F. (Ed.): Pioneering a new astronomy. Papers in memory of John G. Bolton. New Melbourne, 1994. Pp. 495-680 (= Australian Journal of Physics, Vol. 47, No. 5) Guericke, Otto von: The New (so-called) Magdeburg experiments of Otto von Guericke. Translated and edited by Margaret Glover Foley Ames. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1993. Pp. 412, ISBN 0-7923-2399-8, NLG 280.00, GBP 112.00 (hb) (= Archives Internationales d'Histoires des Idees, 137) [includes chapters on the system of the world, empty space, the Moon, the planetary system, the fixed stars and "the boundary which confines them"] Hermann, Armin: Einstein. Der Weltweise und sein Jahrhundert. Eine Biographie [The wise man of the world and his century. A biography]. Munich: R. Piper, 1994. 636 pp., 56 illus., ISBN 3-492-03477-2, clothbound DM 58.00 Herrmann, Dieter B.: Blick in das Weltall. Die Geschichte der Archenhold-Sternwarte [A look into the universe. The history of the Archenhold Observatory]. Berlin: Paetec Gesellschaft fuer Bildung und Technik, 1994. 90 pp., ISBN 3-89517-304-5, DM 9.80 Hoyle, Fred: Home is Where the Wind Blows: Chapters from a cosmologist's life. Mill Valley: University Science Books, 1994. Pp. xi, 443, ISBN 0-935702-27-X, GBP 18.95 (hbk) Review: H.McGee: J. Brit. Astron. Assoc. 104 (1994) 6, 317 Huettenhain, Trude: Die astronomische Uhr im Dom zu Muenster [The astronomical clock in the cathedral of Muenster]. 7th ed. Muenster: Aschendorfsche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1994. ISBN 3-402-05984-3, Pb DM 5.00 Kokott, Wolfgang (Ed.): Der Himmel hat viele Gesichter. Winfried Petri zum 80. Geburtstag [The sky has many faces. For Winfried Petri on his 80th birthday]. Munich: Institut fuer Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, 1994. 160 pp., illus., ISBN 3-89241-014-3, Pb DM 25.80 (= Algorismus, 15) Konneckis, Ralf: Mythen und Maerchen. Was uns die Sterne darueber verraten [Myths and Stories, and what the stars have betrayed to us in relation to them]. Stuttgart: Franckh-Kosmos Publishers, 1994. 204 pp. [The writer gives astronomical interpretations of numerous stories and popular traditions, which reaches partly up until the time of the Edda and even into the time of the Stone-Age.] Kozai, Yoshihide; Binzel, Richard P.; Hirayama, Tomohiro (Ed.): Seventy-five years of Hirayama Asteroid Families: the role of collisions in the Solar System history. 29 November - 3 December 1993, Tokyo. San Francisco, Ca.: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1994. Pp. xxiv, 303, ISBN 0-937707-82-1 (= Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference series, Vol. 63) [in honour of Kiyotsugo Hirayama (1874-1943); includes two papers on the history of asteroid astronomy] Lawrynowicz, Kasimir: Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel, 1784-1846. >From the Russian by Katja Mansen-Matyssek and Heinz Matyssek. [In German]. Basel: Birkhaeuser Verlag, 1994. c. 300 pp., ISBN 3-7643-5113-6, Hb c. DM 70.00 (= vita mathematica, 9) Philipp, Hugo; Roth, Daniel; Bachmann, Willy: Sonnenuhren. Deutschland und Schweiz [Sun-dials. Germany and Switzerland]. Ditzingen: Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Chronometrie [German Society for Chronometry], 1994. c. 750 pp. (unnumbered), 130 illus., ISBN 3-923422-12-1, DM 69.00 + 7.00 DM for postage. [Catalog of the fixed sundials with an introduction into the art of sundials; 6050 locations in Germany, 2200 in Switzerland; Sales Department: Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Chronometrie, Ziererweg 8, D-71254 Ditzingen, Germany; One can order only when paying in advance: Euro-check or direct transfer of payment on account # 1272301 at Landesgirokasse Stuttgart (BLZ 600501001) with exact delivery address included.] Roth, Guenter D. (Ed.): Compendium of practical astronomy. Vol. 1: Instrumentation and reduction techniques. Translated and revised by Harry J. Augensen und Wulff D. Heintz. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York etc.: Springer-Verlag, 1994. Pp. XXIV, 540, ISBN 3-540-56273-7 [contains also: Roth, G.D.: An historical exploration of modern astronomy] Schiebinger, Londa: Schoene Geister. Frauen in den Anfaengen der modernen Wissenschaft. From the American by Susanne Luedemann and Ute Spengler. 2nd ed. Klett-Cotta, 1993. 484 pp., 42 illus., ISBN 3-608-91259-2, DM 48.00 [Translation of: L.Schiebinger, The mind has no sex? Women in the origins of modern science, 1989; also on women in astronomy, with special attention for Maria Kirch, nee Winkelmann, and Caroline Herschel] Secco, Luigi (Ed.): Nicolo Dallaporta: Scienza, metascienza e metafisica. Padova: Casa Editrice Dott. Antonio Milani, 1994. Pp. c. 290, ISBN 88-13-19066-2 [Festschrift for Nicolo Dallaporta] Sharov, Alexander S.; Novikov, Igor D.: Edwin Hubble. Der Mann, der den Urknall entdeckte [The Man who discovered the Big Bang]. Translated by Thomas Mueller. Basel, Boston, Berlin: Birkhaeuser Verlag, 1994. 241 pp. Wright, Helen: Explorer of the Universe. New York: American Institute of Physics, 1994. Pp. 487, ISBN 1-563-96249-7, Hb $ 29.95 [biography of G.E.Hale; reprint (1st edition c. 30 years ago)] Review: D.Stickland: The Observatory 114 (1994) 1123, 322-323 ........................................................................... Expression of thanks -------------------- For information we thank: V.K.Abalakin (St. Petersburg), P.Brosche (Daun), O.Bauer (Cologne), J.Limberg (Potsdam), Th.Schmidt-Kaler (Bochum), G.Wolfschmidt (Munich). ........................................................................... IMPRINT ------- Electronic Newsletter for the History of Astronomy (ENHA) Published by the Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft A translation of "Elektronische Mitteilungen zur Astronomiegeschichte" Editor: Dr. Wolfgang R. Dick <wdi@potsdam.ifag.de> Translated by: Mr. Donald Bellunduno <76450.1741@compuserve.com> All news which is not mentioned by name are editorial contributions. 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