Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: An Autobiography and Other Recollections / Edition 2

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: An Autobiography and Other Recollections / Edition 2

by Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521482518

ISBN-13: 9780521482516

Pub. Date: 03/21/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin became acclaimed in her lifetime as the greatest woman astronomer of all time. Her own story of her professional life, work and scientific achievements is augmented by the personal recollections of her daughter, Katherine Haramundanis, as well as a scientific appreciation by Jesse Greenstein, a historical essay by Peggy Kidwell and, in this…  See more details below

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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin became acclaimed in her lifetime as the greatest woman astronomer of all time. Her own story of her professional life, work and scientific achievements is augmented by the personal recollections of her daughter, Katherine Haramundanis, as well as a scientific appreciation by Jesse Greenstein, a historical essay by Peggy Kidwell and, in this new edition, an introduction by Virginia Trimble. Payne-Gaposchkin's overwhelming love for astronomy was her personal guiding light, and her attitude and approach have lessons for all. She received many prestigious awards for her outstanding contributions to science and in 1956 became the first woman to be advanced to the rank of Professor at Harvard University, as well as being the first woman head of department. This book will interest both astronomers and those studying the advancement of the position and status of women in society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521482516
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/21/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: an introductionvii
An introduction to 'The dyer's hand'1
An historical introduction to 'The dyer's hand'11
A personal recollection39
The dyer's hand: an autobiography
Dedication70
Foreword71
Part IThe Vision Splendid75
1Backgrounds77
2Beginnings84
3Prelude to education90
4Birth of a dream96
5Dramatic interlude104
6The dream fulfilled108
7Pathway to the stars112
Part IIThe Light of Common Day127
8England and the United States129
9Harvard College Observatory137
10The cradle of astrophysics144
11Harlow Shapley154
12Stellar atmospheres159
13Spectra and luminosities167
14Editorial experiences173
15Visiting astronomers177
16At the cross roads182
Part IIIThe Dyer's Hand Subdued187
17Turning point189
18Prolegomena to variable stars198
19International problems203
20End of an era207
21Retrospect213
Part IVReflections217
22On being a woman219
23Science and myth228
24Worlds not realized234
Bibliography of works by Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin239
Postlude256
Index259

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