Encyclopedia > John Couch Adams

  Article Content

John Couch Adams

John Couch Adams (June 5, 1819 - January 21, 1892), was a British mathematician. His most famous achievement is the discovery of Neptune, using only mathematics. The calculations were made to explain discrepancies with Uranus's orbit and the laws of Kepler and Newton. At the same time, but unknown to both, the same calculations were made by LeVerrier. LeVerrier would assist Galle in locating the planet (September - 1846); which was found within 1° of its predicted location, a point in Aquarius. Adams was born in Laneast, England[?] and died in Cambridge.

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
New Testament

... this council did not settle the matter, however. Certain books continued to be questioned, especially James and Revelation[?]. Even as late as the 16th century, ...