, our hero, would have been proud of him."
'Ships, Clocks & Stars' features a champion for each solution, some in surprisingly youthful portraits for what are usually thought of as elder statesmen of science, notably the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed
, and his successor, Edmond Halley.
In the mid-to-end 17th century, Flamsteed
, the first Astronomer Royal, produced a northern hemisphere catalogue accurate to about 10 arcsec.
A little higher in the sky we find the two small constellations of Coma Berenices (which contains the north galactic pole) and Canes Venatici, the former added by Tycho Brahe, and the latter by John Flamsteed
. The star group Melotte 111 is a very loose open cluster in Coma that makes a pleasing sight in low power binoculars.
It is with this background that we must understand Kaye's dismissal of Sawai Jai Singh's Zij-i-Muharnrnad Shahi as a mere elaboration of Ulugh Beg's tables--an allegation that he interestingly did not level at European astronomers such as John Flamsteed
, the first Astronomer Royal of the Greenwich Observatory, who (as Kaye himself conceded) corrected his star positions on the basis of Ulugh Beg's tables.
Commenting on their motivation,A BonevA refers to the legend recounted of JohnA Flamsteed
(1646-1719), England's first royal astronomer.A A Having enquired how much he was paid and hearing the answer, the QueenA exclaimed: "Even my horsemen are paid three times more.
Meanwhile, from the vantage of Greenwich hill, Flamsteed
noted that the sun lacked flaws, one single sunspot flared, in an eight-year span.