Explorers of the Southern Sky: A History of Australian Astronomy

Explorers of the Southern Sky: A History of Australian Astronomy

by Raymond Haynes, Roslynn D. Haynes, David Malin, Richard McGee
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521144914

ISBN-13: 9780521144919

Pub. Date: 06/24/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This well-illustrated volume is the most comprehensive account of Australian astronomy to date. It is both an indispensable reference book on the history of astronomy in Australia, and a highly readable study of a scientific discipline in the context of emerging nationhood. It covers not only the science, but the individuals involved and the social and economic

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This well-illustrated volume is the most comprehensive account of Australian astronomy to date. It is both an indispensable reference book on the history of astronomy in Australia, and a highly readable study of a scientific discipline in the context of emerging nationhood. It covers not only the science, but the individuals involved and the social and economic climate in which they worked. The non-technical language, many illustrations, and explanatory figures, ensure that this guide will appeal to a wide range of readers - including professional astronomers, historians of science, students, amateur astronomers and general readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521144919
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/24/2010
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
542
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Dreaming the stars; 2. Sailing south for a new sky; 3. Astronomy in Sydney town; 4. The struggle for independence; 5. A bid for fame; 6. For love of the subject; 7. Astronomy on a national basis; 8. From swords to ploughshares; 9. Radio astronomy and the big telescopes; 10. Entrepreneurs in astronomy; 11. The advantage of latitude; 12. The high-energy frontier; 13. Diversity through innovation; 14. Optical astronomy goes high tech; 15. A telescope as wide as a continent; Glossary of abbreviations; Glossary of scientific and technical words; Bibliography; Index of names and dates; Subject index.

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