Astronomical Essays of Fr. G. V. Leahy: Cassini, Piazzi, Sechi, Denza, and Clerke

Astronomical Essays of Fr. G. V. Leahy: Cassini, Piazzi, Sechi, Denza, and Clerke
  • Book (sections)
  • 20 pages
  • Level: all audiences

This volume of astronomical essays has been compiled from a series of articles originally published in the Boston Pilot over the pen-name of Catholicus. The series is here presented connectedly at the request of the Most Reverend Archbishop of Boston, who has graciously written the author, “I highly commend your articles on astronomy for publication in book form.”

So begins the Astronomical Essays, published in 1910, of Rev. George V. Leahy, S.T.L., who was professor of astronomy at St. John’s seminary in Brighton.  The Boston Pilot is a Catholic newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts.  Parts of Essays are as dated as one might expect for a science book from 1910, but Leahy’s discussions of various Catholic scientists are generally easy to read, interesting, and still relevant.  All of these sections are available courtesy of Google Books:

Mr. D. Cassini and Saturn—click here to read

Fr. Piazzi and the discovery of the first asteroid—click here to read

Fr. A. Secchi and the spectra—click here to read

Fr. Denza and the Vatican Observatory—click here to read

Ms. Agnes M. Clerke, science writer—click here to read

 

 

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