Explorers of the Southern Sky: A History of Australian Astronomy

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This book is both an indispensable reference 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. Starting from the ancient Aboriginal beliefs about the Sky World—the earliest known astronomy anywhere in the world—the authors lead us to the most exciting, high-tech, current and projected research being carried out at Australia's world-class astronomy facilities and universities. The authors cover all branches of astronomy—optical, infrared, X-ray, gamma-ray, microwave, gravitational wave and theoretical—and they include the contribution of amateur astronomers. The nontechnical 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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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)
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"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

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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

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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