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BENZENBERG, Johann Friedrich
Die Sternschnuppen sind Steine aus den Mondvulkanen, die einen Durchmesser von 1 bis 5 Fuss haben, und welche bei 8000 Fuss Geschwindigkeit in 1 Secunde nicht wieder auf den Mond zurückkommen, und die dann mit Millionen um die Erde herumlaufen
Four lithographed plates (one folding). 1 p.l., xvi, 80 pp. 8vo, early wrappers (some foxing). Bonn: E. Weber, 1834. First edition of this interesting book; from the library of Carl Friedrich Gauss. Benzenberg (1777-1846), professor of mathematics at the Lyceum in Düsseldorf, performed many original scientific investigations in the fields of astronomy, physics, and geodetics. He is most famous for being the first to demonstrate that the earth revolves, a problem which had perplexed scientists since Copernicus. Gauss and Benzenberg were at Göttingen at the same time and surely knew each other. This is one of several works by Benzenberg on the origin of meteorites. He agreed with Chladni's theory concerning their cosmic origins. But Benzenberg used his data to formulate a theory that shooting stars are stones from moon volcanoes. Three of the plates depict several meteorites and their paths in the sky. The folding plate contains a fine map of the moon. Very good copy with the stamp of the Royal Observatory at Göttingen on half-title (with release stamp), title, and on the backs of the plates. While this copy does not have the stamp of the Gauss Bibliothek, it is from Gauss's library. â┬Ł§ D.S.B., I, pp. 615-16. Not known to Whitaker, Mapping and Naming the Moon or Ashworth, The Face of the Moon. .
Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.
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