Caroline Herschel: Priestess of the New Heavens

Michael Hoskin

272 pp., illustrated, gatefold paperback edition (ISBN 978-0-88135-412-6 ) $44.00

Caroline Herschel: Priestess of the New Heavens

Michael Hoskin, acclaimed historian of science and founding editor of The Journal for the History of Astronomy, provides an in depth look at the remarkable life and times of the pioneering female scientist/astronomer; her many trials and eventual triumph during a fascinating moment in history.


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“Science historian Hoskin has written other books on the Herschel Family…Here, he pulls together details on Caroline (1750—1848) to produce this ‘definitive Biography.’…Quotes from her diaries and excellent illustrations help bring her character to life…

Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers.”— CHOICE, February 2014

“…Michael Hoskin’s well-illustrated biography of Caroline Herschel is more than simply an account of her life. Rather than focusing solely on this one female member of the Herschel clan, Hoskin places Caroline in the context of her family history, from her childhood, to her musical life in Bath, and on to her role as ‘Princess of the New Heavens’…those wanting to know further details about the daily lives of this one family, and its odd, self-sacrificing daughter, sister, and aunt, will be more than satisfied with the account Hoskin gives, after a half-century spent researching the Herschels…”

Isis, Vol. 105, No. 3 (September 2014)

Table of Contents

Prologue,  A Troubled Childhood, The Clash of Wills, The Assistant Astronomer, The Great Campaign, Priestess of the Heavens, I was obliged to exchange my habitation, Repent at Leisure, The Unquiet Heart. Appendices, Index