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
     
 

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 of 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…  See more details below

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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 of 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. Starting from the ancient Aboriginal belief about the Sky World - the earliest known astronomy anywhere in the world - we are led through to the most exciting high-tech current and projected research being carried out at Australia's world-class national astronomy facilities and by groups in Australian universities. All branches of astronomy are covered - optical, infrared, X-ray, gamma ray, microwave, gravitational wave and theoretical - including the contribution of amateur astronomers. 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.

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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

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Dreaming the Stars: Aboriginal astronomy and the southern sky7
2Sailing South for a New Sky: Captain Cook and the transit of Venus21
3Astronomy in Sydney Town: Governor Brisbane, Paramatta (sic) and the Sydney Observatory37
4The Struggle for Independence: The government observatories of Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth69
5A Bid for Fame: The Great Melbourne Telescope96
6For Love of the Subject: Amateur astronomers114
7Astronomy on a National Basis: The Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories152
8From Swords to Ploughshares: Radio astronomy: a new technology195
9Radio Astronomy and the Big Telescopes: The Parkes Radio Telescope and the Culgoora Radio Heliograph237
10Entrepreneurs in Astronomy: Astronomy at the University of Sydney287
11The Advantage of Latitude: Astronomy at the University of Tasmania318
12The High-Energy Frontier: Astronomy at the University of Adelaide341
13Diversity Through Innovation: The other Australian universities359
14Optical Astronomy Goes High-Tech: The Anglo-Australian Telescope and the UK Schmidt382
15A Telescope as Wide as a Continent: The Australia Telescope410
Notes435
Glossary of abbreviations480
Glossary of scientific and technical words484
Bibliography500
Name index507
Subject index515

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