The Neptune File is the first full account of the dramatic events surrounding the eighth planetâ€™s discovery, and the story of two remarkable men who were able to â€śseeâ€ť on paper what astronomers looking through telescopes for more than 200 years had overlooked.On June 26, 1841, John Couch Adams, a brilliant young mathematician at Cambridge University, chanced upon a report by Englandâ€™s Astronomer Royal, George Airy, describing unsuccessful attempts to explain the mystifying orbital behavior of the planet Uranus, discovered 65 years earlier. Adams theorized that Uranusâ€™s orbit was being affected by the gravitational pull of another, as-yet-unseen planet. Furthermore, he believed that he did not need to see the planet to know where it was. Four years later, his daring mathematical calculations pinpointed the planetâ€™s location, but Airy failed to act on themâ€”a controversial lapse that would have international repercussions.Soon after Adamsâ€™s â€śproof,â€ť a rival French astronomer, Urbain Le Verrier, also calculated the planetâ€™s position, and the race was on to actually view it. Found just where Adams and Le Verrier had predicted, the planet was named Neptuneâ€”and as the first celestial object located through calculation rather than observation, its discovery pioneered a new method for planet hunting.Drawing on long-lost documents in George Airyâ€™s Neptune scrapbook, which resurfaced mysteriously at an observatory in Chile in 1999, The Neptune File is a crackling good human drama and a fascinating exploration of the science that underpins planetary astronomy. And the tale continues to unfold, as Tom Standage relates: Since 1995, astronomers have discovered more than 40 planets outside our solar system, opening an intriguing window on the universe. Yet none of these planets have ever been seen. Their discoveryâ€”and the history of scienceâ€”owes much to the two men who unlocked the secret to locating unseen new worlds.