Astronomy evolves as a figurative form of creativity, a departure from the norm.
Astronomy as a discipline can fool you into believing that the universe is a polite place. Astronomical may images appear delightfully soothing and charming, but actually, they are brutal. Astronomical facts are merciless, they brawl with your equanimity and rejig your sense of ‘the real’. These are poetic manners, aren’t they?
Rajesh Kochhar A six-inch aperture telescope on an English mount was made by M. Secretan of Lerebours & Secretan of Paris on an order from Capt. William Stephen Jacob (1813- 62), who was then at Poona. The telescope was inspected by Jacob’s friend Charles Piazzi Smyth in 1849 at Paris, who made a painting ofContinue reading “French astronomical instruments in India”
Rajesh Kochhar Janssen was born in Paris on 22 February 1824. His maternal grandfather was the architect Paul-Fuillaume Le Moyne. An accident in early childhood left him permanently lame. He was thus kept at home and never attended school. Janssen attended the University of Paris, receiving his licencees sciences in 1852. In 1857 he becameContinue reading “Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen (1824-1907)”
Rajesh Kochhar The 1498 discovery by Vasco da Gama of a direct sea route to India opened up the subcontinent to the Europeans. The Portuguese were followed by the British, the Dutch, and finally the French. Echoing the unanimous desire of the French merchants and mar iners, Jean-Baptiste Colbert set up in 1664 the CompagnieContinue reading “French Astronomers in India”