Information Handling in Astronomy - Historical Vistas / Edition 1by Andre Heck
This book offers a unique review of how astronomical information handling (in the broad sense) evolved in the course of the 20th century, and especially during its second half. This volume is a natural complement to the book Information Handling in Astronomy published in the same series. The scope of these two volumes includes not only dealing with professional… See more details below
This book offers a unique review of how astronomical information handling (in the broad sense) evolved in the course of the 20th century, and especially during its second half. This volume is a natural complement to the book Information Handling in Astronomy published in the same series. The scope of these two volumes includes not only dealing with professional astronomical data from the collecting instruments (ground-based and space-borne) to the users / researchers, but also publishing, education and public outreach. In short, the information flow in astronomy is thus illustrated from sources (cosmic objects) to end (mankind's knowledge). The experts contributing to this book have done their best to write in a way understandable to readers not necessarily hyperspecialized in astronomy while providing specific detailed information, as well as plenty of pointers and bibliographic elements. Especially enlightening are some 'lessons learned' sections. This book will be very useful for researchers, teachers, editors, publishers, librarians, computer scientists, sociologists of science, research planners and strategists, project managers, public-relations officers, plus those in charge of astronomy-related organizations, as well as by students aiming at a career in astronomy or related space science.
Table of ContentsHalf a Century of Intense Maturation.- Evolution of Time Measurement in Astronomy.- Evolution of Data Processing in Optical Astronomy — A Personal Account.- IHAP: Image Handling and Processing System.- FITS: A Remarkable Achievement in Information Exchange.- The Munich Image Data Analysis System.- AIPS, the VLA, and the VLBA.- Changes in Astronomical Publications During the 20th Century.- The Evolution and Role of the Astronomical Library and Librarian.- The Development of the Astronomy Digital Library.- From Early Directories to Current Yellow-Page Services.- Pre-College Astronomy Education in the United States in the Twentieth Century.- The Birth and Evolution of the Planetarium.- The Changing Role of the IAU in Providing and Organizing Information.- Was the Carte du Ciel an Obstruction to the Development of Astrophysics in Europe?.- Amateur Data and Astronomical Discoveries in the 20th Century.
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