Recent Advances and Issues in Astronomy

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Recent Issues and Advances in Astronomy explores the most important developments in astronomy over the last decade, including the results of recent investigations on extrasolar planetary systems, black holes, and the existence of water in space. Besides exploring the societal implications of recent developments, the book also addresses the philosophical questions raised by recent advances, such as whether or not we are alone in the universe. Other chapters offer biographies of prominent astronomers, discussions ...

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Overview

Recent Issues and Advances in Astronomy explores the most important developments in astronomy over the last decade, including the results of recent investigations on extrasolar planetary systems, black holes, and the existence of water in space. Besides exploring the societal implications of recent developments, the book also addresses the philosophical questions raised by recent advances, such as whether or not we are alone in the universe. Other chapters offer biographies of prominent astronomers, discussions of important current investigations, summaries of astronomical funding and career statistics, and a glossary of terms. The book also provides an annotated listing of relevant organizations and bibliographies of print and nonprint information resources.

The book is illustrated and extensively cross-referenced, and includes a detailed subject index. A special chapter comprises narratives written by four trained astronomers, each of whom describes the particular career path he or she has chosen, both inside and outside the field of astronomy itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573563482
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2003
  • Series: ABC-CLIO Frontiers of Science Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER G. De PREE is director of the Bradley Observatory and Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia. De Pree studies massive star formation in the Milky Way Galaxy, and uses radio telescopes to image regions of space that are so deeply embedded in dense clouds that they are undetectable with optical telescopes.

Dr. Kevin Marvel is currently serving as Associate Executive Officer for policy programs with the American Astronomical Society. In his current position, he lobbies Congress and the administration for increased funding for basic research and directs the AAS career services program.

ALAN AXELROD created the Ian Samuel Group Inc. and now serves as its president. He is the author of numerous books, including the Dictionary of American Folklore, The Macmillan Dictionary of Military Biography, and Dictators and Tyrants.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Astronomy Today 1
2 Astronomical Technology and Techniques 39
3 Astronomy and Society 91
4 Documents and Sources 117
5 Biographical Portraits 153
6 Unsolved Problems, Unanswered Questions 171
7 Careers in Astronomy 190
8 Statistics on Careers and Research and Development 209
9 Organizations and Associations 221
10 Journals, Magazines, and Internet Resources 231
Glossary 243
Index 249
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