Explorers of the Southern Sky: A History of Australian Astronomy

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$56.37
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $57.18
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 6%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $57.18   
  • New (3) from $57.18   
  • Used (4) from $78.49   

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Beginning with the Sky World of the Aboriginals, narratives the development of a science in the context of emerging nationhood and its current status and activities. Captain Cook and the transit of Venus, the great Melbourne telescope, amateur astronomers, national observatories, radio astronomy, the Culgoora Radio Heliograph, astronomy at the University of Sydney, Tasmania, high-energy astronomy, and the continent-wide Australia Telescope are among the topics. Abundantly illustrated in black and white. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"Highly readable, thorough, well referenced and beautifully illustrated Explorers of the Southern Sky: a History of Australian Astronomy is a tome worth having." New Scientist

"The poignant illustrations, explanatary figures, and photographs of people not only document the course of events, but provide an excellent human perspective to this outstanding work." Science Books and Films

"A well written and thorough work." Choice

"...the book will interest a large cross section of people-students, astronomers, historians, and general readers." Isis

"...the clarity of presentation is admirable and the stories move along briskly, covering a wide range. Altogether, a great book." American Scientist

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521144919
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 542
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Dreaming the Stars: Aboriginal astronomy and the southern sky 7
2 Sailing South for a New Sky: Captain Cook and the transit of Venus 21
3 Astronomy in Sydney Town: Governor Brisbane, Paramatta sic and the Sydney Observatory 37
4 The Struggle for Independence: The government observatories of Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth 69
5 A Bid for Fame: The Great Melbourne Telescope 96
6 For Love of the Subject: Amateur astronomers 114
7 Astronomy on a National Basis: The Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories 152
8 From Swords to Ploughshares: Radio astronomy: a new technology 195
9 Radio Astronomy and the Big Telescopes: The Parkes Radio Telescope and the Culgoora Radio Heliograph 237
10 Entrepreneurs in Astronomy: Astronomy at the University of Sydney 287
11 The Advantage of Latitude: Astronomy at the University of Tasmania 318
12 The High-Energy Frontier: Astronomy at the University of Adelaide 341
13 Diversity Through Innovation: The other Australian universities 359
14 Optical Astronomy Goes High-Tech: The Anglo-Australian Telescope and the UK Schmidt 382
15 A Telescope as Wide as a Continent: The Australia Telescope 410
Notes 435
Glossary of abbreviations 480
Glossary of scientific and technical words 484
Bibliography 500
Name index 507
Subject index 515
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)