Talk:John Couch Adams

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Age[edit]

This article suggests he died at the age of 10? Kingturtle 01:00 5 Jun 2003 (UTC)

Neptune controversy[edit]

The "astronomy" section is characterized by highly colorful language in praise of Adams, and fails to utilize recent reconsiderations of Adams' role in the discovery of Neptune. See this Scientific American article, for instance. RandomCritic 10:32, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

I only came here because I was going to write the William Grylls Adams article but find this article sadly neglected. I am going to rewrite the Neptune stuff using the entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography by Roger Hutchins dated 2004. I will then go through the Scientific American article and interpolate any variances. That should be enough to get the POV tag off.Cutler 10:21, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
Excellent, thank you - you've already made a very good start. DuncanHill 10:22, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
I have now interpolated stuff from Scientific American article though I did yearn more detail. TBH, I found it thin and tendentious stuff so I have probably given it more authority here than I truly believe it deaserves but I shall leave it to others to trim if they think it appropriate. There is quite a lot of other stuff on his other work that is worth inclusion so I think ultimately the Neptune stuff needs to be shipped off to a separate article. I have taken the POV tag off so please discuss here. Cutler 15:28, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
I have started putting in stuff from Kollerstrom which is actually much more bad news for Adams's reputation tham Sheehan. Cutler 18:30, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

In another part of wikipedia (see Dennis Rawlins) we can read that it was not Adams, that discoverede neptune. Jan E —Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.162.150.154 (talk) 21:58, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

Is there really a controversy? Not only was Adams 12 degrees off the mark, his "discovery" came after Le Verrier's... I do not see how he can get any credit. 193.132.242.1 (talk) 11:02, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Asperger: unlikely![edit]

Citation from Adams himself:

I could not expect however that practical astronomers, who were already fully occupied with important labours, would feel as much confidence in the results of my investigations, as I myself did.

This doesn't sound very much like an aspergerian, but rather like a naturally empathic person, without any difficulties to perceive "the others" stand point. Said: Rursus () 15:32, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

So your saying that people with AS cannot be naturally empathic? Next! Silver Dagger (talk) 15:01, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

I think that quote (if geniune) does provide evidence that the scientist was not profoundly autistic, but I don't think it proves he had no autism at all. I believe it is possible for a person with Asperger syndrome to understand the thinking of others, but at the same time lack the ability to "sell" an idea to others. That's just my opinion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.59.142.133 (talk) 04:04, 5 December 2009 (UTC)

Adams' Impact on Observational Solar Astronomy[edit]

I was looking at the biography of Richard Christopher Carrington and in particular the section titled Intrigue at RAS and Cambridge Observatory. Would anyone like to add a shorter, tamer, NPOV section to this article? Something respectful of both the theoreticians as well as observational astronomers and the amount of culture change in the last 150 years? --Dgroseth (talk) 19:17, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

Additional Support for Optics?[edit]

Can anyone else dig up any additional support for his achievements in optics? Is it possible his accomplishments in optics are being conflated with his work in astronomy? [1] 24.6.180.71 (talk) 18:47, 15 August 2015 (UTC)