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Observing By Hand: Sketching the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century

Omar W. Nasim


There can be little doubt that it was because of the giant telescopes that were being built at the end of the 18th and for most of the 19th century that the modern study of nebulae began. Also of immense significance, however, was the fundamental role-played by paper and pencil. But what role did paper and the hand play in coming to terms with something as mysterious as these deep sky objects? What possibly could these paper implements of the hand contribute to the scientific observation of celestial objects that no hand could ever touch, twist or twirl? And in contrast to pencil and paper, wh ... More

Keywords: Drawing Practices, Photography, Data-Driven Research, Data and Phenomena, Visualization in Science, Visual Technologies, History of Observation, Paperwork and Note-Taking Practices, Art and Science, Victorian England

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226084374
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226084404.001.0001


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Omar W. Nasim, author

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