Edward Charles Pickering
(19 Jul 1846 - 3 Feb 1919)
Science Quotes by Edward Charles Pickering (1 quote)
I do not know if God is a mathematician, but mathematics is the loom on which God weaves the universe.
— Edward Charles Pickering
Quotes by others about Edward Charles Pickering (1)
The greatest of all spectral classifiers, Antonia Maury had two strikes on her: the biggest one was, she was a woman. A woman had no chance at anything in astronomy except at Harvard in the 1880s and 1890s. And even there, things were rough. It now turns out that her director, E.C. Pickering, did not like the way she classified; she then refused to change to suit him; and after her great publication in Harvard Annals 28 (1897), she left Harvard—and in a sense, astronomy. ... I would say the most remarkable phenomenological investigation in modern astronomy is Miss Maurys work in Harvard Annals 28. She didnt have anything astrophysical to go on. Investigations between 1890 and 1900 were the origin of astrophysics. But these were solar, mostly. And there Miss Maury was on the periphery. Ive seen pictures of groups, where shed be standing away a little bit to one side of the other people, a little bit in the background. It was a very sad thing. When Hertzsprung wrote Pickering to congratulate him on Miss Maurys work that had led to Hertzsprungs discovery of super giants, Pickering is supposed to have replied that Miss Maurys work was wrong could not possibly be correct.
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