Mike Jay: Poe on the Moon, 1 July 2021
Show More The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science by John Tresch.
Farrar, Straus, 431 pp., £20, June, 978 0 374 24785 0Show More
“... On 25 August 1835, the New York Sun ran a sensational scoop: the ‘Great Astronomical Discoveries, Lately Made by Sir John Herschel, L.L.D., F.R.S., &c, at the Cape of Good Hope’. Herschel – former president of the Royal Astronomical Society and son of William Herschel, the discoverer of Uranus – had sailed from Britain to South Africa two years before with a giant reflecting telescope, on a mission to map the southern skies and observe the return of Halley’s Comet ...”