Simon Newcomb Bibliography

Papers, etc.

Papers are in the manuscript division of the Library of Congress.

Other References: Historical

Dick, Steven J., Wayne Orchiston, & Tom Love, “Simon Newcomb, William Harkness and the Nineteenth-century American Transit of Venus Expeditions,” Journal for the History of Astronomy 29, 221-255 (1998).

Dick, Steven J., Sky and Ocean Joined: The U.S. Naval Observatory 1830-2000 (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK , 2002).

Dick, Steven J., “A History of the American Nautical Almanac Office,” in Proceedings of the Nautical Almanac Office Sequicentennial Symposium, U.S. Naval Observatory, March 3-4, 1999, ed. by Alan D. Fiala & Steven J. Dick (U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, DC, 1999), p. 11-53.

Fiala, Alan D. & Steven J. Dick, eds., Nautical Almanac Sesquicentennial Symposium, Proceedings, (U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, DC, 1999).

Hodge, Paul, The Andromeda Galaxy (Kluwer, Dordrecht, NL, 1992).

Kennedy, J.E. & S.D. Hanson, “Excerpts from Simon Newcomb’s diary of 1860,” JRASC 90, 292-303 (1996).

Lankford, John, American Astronomy: Community, Careeers, and Power, 1859-1940 (Univ. of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1997).

Moyer, Albert E., American Physics in Transition: A History of Conceptual Change in the Late Nineteenth Century (Tomash, Los Angeles, 1983).

Moyer, Albert E., “Simon Newcomb at the Nautical Almanac Office,” in Proceedings of the Nautical Almanac Office Sequicentennial Symposium, U.S. Naval Observatory, March 3-4, 1999, ed. by Alan D. Fiala & Steven J. Dick (U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, DC, 1999), p. 129-45.

The New School, The History of Economic Thought [includes bibliography]

Norberg, Arthur L, “Simon Newcomb’s Role in the Astronomical Revolution of the Early Nineteen Hundreds” in Sky With Ocean Joined, Proceedings of the Sesquicentennial Symposia of the U.S. Naval Observatory, (USNO, 1983), p. 74-88.

O’Connor, J.J. & E.F. Robertson, The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, Orbits and Gravitation

Plotkin, Howard, “Astronomers vs. the Navy: The Revolt of American Astronomers over the Management of the United States Naval Observatory, 1877-1902,” Proc. Amer. Phil. Soc. 122, 385-99 (1978).

Schaefer, Bradley, “The Astronomical Sherlock Holmes,” Mercury 22, 1, 9 (1993).

Sheynin, Oscar, “Simon Newcomb as a Statistician,” Historia Scientiarum 12, 142-167 (2002).

Skinner, A.N., “The United States Naval Observatory,” Science 9, 1-16 (1899).

Sponberg, Brant L. and David H. DeVorkin, History of the American Astronomical Society

Stanley, Matthew, “Predicting the Past: Ancient Eclipses and Airy, Newcomb, and Huxley on the Authority of Science,” Isis 103, 254-77 (2012).

Wylie, Lloyd Ritchie, “A Comparison of Newcomb’s Tables of Neptune with Observation, 1795-1938,” Astronomical Journal 49, 101-07 (1941).

Wylie, Lloyd Ritchie, An Investigation of Newcomb's Theory of Uranus (U.S. Govt. Printing Off., Washington, 1947).

Duncombe, R.L., R.F. Haupt, & J.S. Duncombe, “The Use of Solar Eclipse Timings to Compare the Reference Systems of Newcomb’s Tables of the Sun and of the Improved Lunar Ephemeris (Papers presented at the Proceedings of the International Symposium on the 1970 Solar Eclipse, held in Seattle, U. S. A. , 18-21 June 1971),” Solar Physics 21, 260-62 (1971).

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Other References: Scientific

Newcomb, Simon, “On a Method in Dynamics,” Astronomical Journal 5, 121-27 (1858).

Safford, T.H. & S. Newcomb, “Elements and Ephemeris of the Fifty-fourth Asteroid, ”Astronomical Journal 5, 162 (1858).

Newcomb, Simon, “On the Secular Variations of the Eccentricities and Perihelions of the Asteroids (4) Vesta, (9) Metis, (10) Hygiea, and (11) Parthenope,” Astronomical Journal 6, 65-67 (1859).

Newcomb, Simon, “Comparison of the Lunar Ephemeris in the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac with Greenwich Observations,” Astronomical Jounal 6, 67-69 (1859).

Newcomb, Simon, “On the Secular Variations and Mutual Relations of the Orbits of the Asteroids,” Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 8, 123-52 (1861).

Newcomb, Simon, An Investigation of the Orbit of Neptune, with General Tables of Its Motion (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, ,1866)

Newcomb, Simon, “On Hansen’s Theory of the Physical Constitution of the Moon,” Philosophical Magazine 37, 32-35 (1869).

Newcomb, Simon,“Positions of Fundamental Stars Deduced from Observations Made at the U. S. Naval Observatory between the Years 1862 and 1867,” Astronomical and Meteorological Observations made at the U.S. Naval Observatory 7, C1-C45 (1870).

Newcomb, Simon, “On a Very Accurate Method of Determining the Relative Positions of the Centres of the Sun and Moon during a Nearly Central Eclipse of the Sun,” Astr. Nach. 76, 365-68 (1870).

Newcomb, Simon & George William Hill, United States. Commission on the Transit of Venus in 1874. Papers Relating to the Transit of Venus in 1874, Prepared under the Direction of the Commission Authorized by Congress and Published by Authority of the Hon. Secretary of the Navy (U.S. Govt. Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1872).

Newcomb, Simon, An Investigation of the Orbit of Uranus, with General Tables of its Motion (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1873).

Newcomb, Simon, “The Discovery of the Satellites of Mars,” Nature 16, 456-57 (1877).

Newcomb, Simon,“Researches in the Motion of the Moon,” Astronomical and Meteorological Observations made at the U.S. Naval Observatory 15, B1-B280 (1878).

Newcomb, Simon, Astronomical Papers Prepared for the Use of the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac 1-9 (1879-1913). [contains most of his scientific writings.]

Newcomb, Simon, Logarithmic and other Mathematical Tables: with Examples of Their Use and Hints on the Art of Computation (H. Holt, NY, 1882).

Newcomb, S., “Probable Times of the Four Contacts in the Coming Transit of Venus,” Astr. Nach. 103, 111-12 (1882).

Newcomb, Simon, “The Present State of the Theories of the Celestial Motions,” Observatory 6, 143-49 (1883).

Newcomb, Simon, “On the Dynamics of the Earth’s Rotation, with Respect to the Periodic Variations of Latitude,” MNRAS 52, 336-41 (1892).

Newcomb, S., “On the Law and the Period of the Variation of Terrestrial Latitudes,” Astr. Nach. 130, 1-6 (1892).

Newcomb, Simon, “Considerations on the Best Method of Determining Positions of the Planets by Observation,” Astronomical Journal 13, 191-92 (1894).

Newcomb, Simon, The Elements of the Four Inner Planets and the Fundamental Constants of Astronomy (U.S. Govt. Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1895).

Newcomb, Simon, “On the Principal Fundamental Constants of Astronomy,” Astronomical Journal 14, 185 (1895).

Newcomb, Simon, “A New Determination of the Precessional Motion,” Astronomical Journal 17, 161-67 (1897).

Newcomb, Simon, “Usefulness of the Planet 1898 DQ [(433) Eros] for Determining the Solar Parallax,” Astronomical Journal 19, 147 (1898).

Newcomb, Simon, “On the Period of the Solar Spots,” Ap.J. 13, 1-14 (1901).

Newcomb, Simon, “A Rude Attempt to Determine the Total Light of all the Stars,” Ap.J. 14, 297-312 (1901).

Newcomb, Simon, “On the Statistical Relations among the Parallaxes and the Proper Motions of the Stars,” Astronomical Journal 22, 165 (1902).

Newcomb, Simon, “On the Desirableness of a Re-investigation of the Problems Growing Out of the Mean Motion of the Moon” MNRAS 63, 316-24 (1903).

Newcomb, Simon, A New Determination of the Precessional Constant with the Resulting Precessional Motions (U.S. Nautical Almanac Office, Washington, DC, 1905).

Newcomb, Simon, “The Optical and Psychological Principles Involved in the Interpretation of the So-Called Canals of Mars,” Ap.J. 26, 1 (1907).

Newcomb, Simon, assisted by Frank E. Ross, Investigation of Inequalities in the Motion of the Moon Produced by the Action of the Planets (Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC, 1907).

Newcomb, Simon, “Comparison of Ancient Eclipses of the Sun with Modern Elements of the Moon’s Motion,” MNRAS 69, 460 (1909).

Newcomb, Simon, Researches on the Motion of the Moon. Part II, The Mean Motion of the Moon and Other Astronomical Elements Derived from Observations of Eclipses and Occultations Extending from the Period of the Babylonians until A.D. 1908 (U.S. Nautical Almanac Office, Washington, DC, 1912).

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Other Works: Popularizations, Fiction, Textbooks, etc.

Newcomb, Simon, A Critical Examination of our Financial Policy during the Southern Rebellion (Appletons, NY, 1865). [review in the North American Review, 1865.]

Newcomb, Simon, “On a Very Accurate Method of Determining the Relative Positions of the Centres of the Sun and Moon During a Nearly Central Eclipse of the Sun,” Astr. Nach. 76, 365-68 (1870).

Newcomb, Simon, “Story of a Telescope,” Scribners Monthly 7, 44-55 (1873).

Newcomb, Simon, “Exact Science in America,” North American Review 119, 286-308 (1874).

Newcomb, Simon, “A Manufactured Comet,” Harper's New Monthly Magazine 57, 139-41 (1878).

Newcomb, Simon, The Course of Nature: an Address Delivered before the American Association for the Advancement of Science. St. Louis, Aug. 22, 1878 (Salem Press, Salem, 1878).

Newcomb, Simon, The ABC of Finance: or, The Money and Labor Questions Familiarly Explained to Common People, in Short and Easy Lessons (Harper & Bros., New York, 1878).

Newcomb, Simon, Popular Astronomy (Harper, NY, 1878; many later editions, e.g, 1902).

Newcomb, Simon, “Evolution and Theology. A Rejoinder,” North American Review 128, 647-64 (1879).

Newcomb, Simon, “Astronomical Observatories,” North American Review 133, 196-204 (1881).

Newcomb, Simon, “A Small Telescope and What to See with It,” Harper & Bros. 64, 523-37 (1882).

Newcomb, Simon, “The Extent of the Universe” (1884; in The Harvard Classics, vol. 30 (Collier & Son, 1909-14;, 2001 with an introductory note on Newcomb).

Newcomb, Simon, “The Lick Observatory of California,” Harper's New Monthly Magazine 70, 399-407 (1885).

Newcomb, Simon & Edward S. Holden, Astronomy (H. Holt & Co., NY, 1885).

Newcomb, Simon, Principles of Political Economy (Harper, NY, 1886).

Newcomb, Simon, A Plain Man’s Talk on the Labor Question (New York, 1886, Arno Press, NY, 1969; Ayer Pub.. 1978).

Newcomb, Simon, “Soap-Bubbles of Socialism,” North American Review 150, 563-73 (1890).

Newcomb, Simon, “The Elements which Make up the Most Useful Citizen of the United States,” American Anthropologist A7, 345-51 (1894) [First Prize Essay in Citizenship Prize Essays contest].

Newcomb, Simon, “The Wreck of the ‘Columbia.’ A Story” Atlantic Monthly 93, 466-75 (1896).

Newcomb, Simon, “Aspects of American Astronomy,” Ap.J. 6, 289 (1897). [address at the dedication of the Yerkes Observatory]

Newcomb, Simon, “Modern Mathematical Thought,” Nature 49, 325-29 (1894).

Newcomb, Simon, “Why We Need a National University,” North American Review 160, 210-17 (1895).

Newcomb, Simon, et al., “Discussion of A National Observatory,” Science 9, 467-77 (1899) [Comments on the preceding article].

Newcomb, Simon, “An Astronomer’s Friendship,” Atlantic Monthly 86, 688-93 (1900).

Newcomb, Simon, “Science and the Government,” North American Review 170, 666-79 (1900).

Newcomb, Simon, His Wisdom, the Defender: A Story (Harper & Bros., New York, 1900).

Newcomb, Simon, The Stars: A Study of the Universe (Putnam, NY & J. Murray, London, 1904).

Newcomb, Simon, Astronomy for Everybody: A Popular Exposition of the Wonders of the Heavens (Garden City Publishing Co., Garden City, NY, 1902).

Newcomb, Simon, The Stars: a Study of the Universe (J. Murray, London, 1902).

Newcomb, Simon, A Statistical Inquiry into the Probability of Causes of the Production of Sex in Human Offspring (Carnegie institution of Wasington, Washington, 1904).

Newcomb, Simon, “The Evolution of the Scientific Investigator. Opening Address at the International Congress of Arts and Science at the Universal Exposition, St. Louis, September 19, 1904,” (Universal Exposition, St. Louis, 1904).

Newcomb, Simon, Side-Lights on Astronomy and Kindred Fields of Popular Science (Harper, New York, 1906; reprinted by Kessinger Pub., Whitefish, MT; BiblioBazaar, 2006).

Newcomb, Simon, A Compendium of Spherical Astronomy with its Applications to the Determination and Reduction of Positions of the Fixed Stars (Macmillan, London, 1906; reprinted by Dover, NY, 1960).

Newcomb, Simon, “The Philosophy of Hyperspace,” Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 4, 187-95 (1898).

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