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An observer of observatories : the journal of Thomas Bugge's tour of Germany, Holland and England in 1777 / edited by Kurt Møller Pedersen and Peter de Clercq.

By: Bugge, Thomas, 1740-1815.
Contributor(s): Møller Pedersen, Kurt | Clercq, P. R. de (Peter Richard), 1952-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Århus, Denmark : Aarhusuniversitetsforlag, c2010Description: xxiii, 220 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), facsimiles, plans, portraits ; 28 centimetres.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9788779343115; 8779343112.Uniform titles: Thomas Bugges dagbog, 1777. English Subject(s): Bugge, Thomas, 1740-1815 -- Travel | Bugge, Thomas, 1740-1815 | Astronomy -- Biography | Astronomical instruments -- Early works to 1800 | Germany -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800 | Netherlands -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800 | Great Britain -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800Other classification: 33.01 Summary: "In 1777, the Danish astronomer Thomas Bugge (1740-1815) was appointed professor of mathematics and astronomy at the University of Copenhagen. Keen to modernise the existing observatory on top of the Round Tower, he travelled through Germany to Holland and England to learn more about the state of astronomy and instrument-making in these countries. During his tour he kept a journal in which he noted what he saw, whom he met and which books and instruments he bought. He also included dozens of sketches and drawings, which greatly add to the historical value of his manuscript. The document lay undiscovered in the Royal Library at Copenhagen until 1969, when Kurt Moller Pedersen found it and prepared a provisional transcript. Forty years later, this journal is now made available and Bugge's drawings are complemented by portraits of academics and instrument-makers and by photographs of buildings and instruments, many of which survive in museums today. This richly illustrated and fully annotated edition of Bugge's travel journal will be of value for anyone who is interested in the history of science and technology in the 18th century."--Back cover.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-211) and indexes.

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