He thanks Owen Gingerich, Research Professor of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard University, and renowned uranographer Wil Tirion for their valuable advice in preparing this article.
For most of that time uranographers in Arab countries and in the Far East, particularly China, used globes, armillary spheres, astrolabes, and quadrants to map the night sky and solve astronomical, and often astrological, issues.
Add the fact that British astronomy writer Ian Ridpath and Dutch uranographer
Wil Tirion already had written and illustrated my favorite tour book for small-scope owners (The Monthly Sky Guide), and I practically begged my colleague Stuart Goldman for the opportunity to review Stars & Planets, whose third edition appeared last year as one of the Princeton Field Guides.
Offers for different projects came in after that, and in September 1983 he resigned his job to become the world's first full-time uranographer
. "I love the work - it's a dream come true for me!" he says.
The most valuable feature of this work is the set of notes about individual uranographers
, compiled by exhibition curator Patricia M.