Walter Baade: A Life in Astrophysics

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Overview

"Osterbrock's narrative and the arguments that pervade it advance an original interpretation of one of the twentieth century's most significant astronomers. Based on extensive research in the archives, this biography of Walter Baade is an impressive contribution to the history of astronom."--Karl Hufbauer, author of Exploring the Sun

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Editorial Reviews

Astronomy
A delightfully engaging account of Baade's life and times, and a welcome addition to the history of 20th century astronomy. A fascinating account of Baade's life, accomplishments, and perhaps most interestingly, his times.
— S. Alan Stern
Physics Today
Baade was arguably the most influential observational astronomer of the 20th century. . . . Donald Osterbrock . . . meticulously documents Baade's life and work, with references to correspondence from more than 20 archives. . . . He has focused on hitherto unknown or overlooked facts, shown why they are important, and created a new understanding. This is the essence of good history.
— Norriss S. Hetherington
Astronomy Now
A gripping story told by an accomplished astronomer.
— Neil English
Astronomy & Space
A well-written and meticulously researched biography. . . . It paints a picture of an innovative, hard working scientist who spent his whole life at the forefront of astronomical observation.
— John Masters
The Observatory
Walter Baade was one of the key players in mid-20th Century astrophysics and this biography by Donald Osterbrock is welcome and timely. . . . His story is a fascinating one, well told and nicely illustrated with contemporary photographs.
— David Strickland
Astronomy - S. Alan Stern
A delightfully engaging account of Baade's life and times, and a welcome addition to the history of 20th century astronomy. A fascinating account of Baade's life, accomplishments, and perhaps most interestingly, his times.
The Observatory - David Strickland
Walter Baade was one of the key players in mid-20th Century astrophysics and this biography by Donald Osterbrock is welcome and timely. . . . His story is a fascinating one, well told and nicely illustrated with contemporary photographs.
Physics Today - Norriss S. Hetherington
Baade was arguably the most influential observational astronomer of the 20th century. . . . Donald Osterbrock . . . meticulously documents Baade's life and work, with references to correspondence from more than 20 archives. . . . He has focused on hitherto unknown or overlooked facts, shown why they are important, and created a new understanding. This is the essence of good history.
Astronomy Now - Neil English
A gripping story told by an accomplished astronomer.
Astronomy & Space - John Masters
A well-written and meticulously researched biography. . . . It paints a picture of an innovative, hard working scientist who spent his whole life at the forefront of astronomical observation.
From the Publisher

"A delightfully engaging account of Baade's life and times, and a welcome addition to the history of 20th century astronomy. A fascinating account of Baade's life, accomplishments, and perhaps most interestingly, his times."--S. Alan Stern, Astronomy

"Walter Baade was one of the key players in mid-20th Century astrophysics and this biography by Donald Osterbrock is welcome and timely. . . . His story is a fascinating one, well told and nicely illustrated with contemporary photographs."--David Strickland, The Observatory

"Baade was arguably the most influential observational astronomer of the 20th century. . . . Donald Osterbrock . . . meticulously documents Baade's life and work, with references to correspondence from more than 20 archives. . . . He has focused on hitherto unknown or overlooked facts, shown why they are important, and created a new understanding. This is the essence of good history."--Norriss S. Hetherington, Physics Today

"A gripping story told by an accomplished astronomer."--Neil English, Astronomy Now

"A well-written and meticulously researched biography. . . . It paints a picture of an innovative, hard working scientist who spent his whole life at the forefront of astronomical observation."--John Masters, Astronomy & Space

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691049366
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents


PREFACE vii
1. The Preparation: Göttingen and Hamburg, 1893-1927 1
2. The Path toward the Two Populations: Hamburg, 1927-1931 25
3. Before the War: Mount Wilson, 1931-1938 49
4. War and a Great Discovery: Mount Wilson, 1939-1947 82
5. Young Stars and Old: Palomar and Princeton, 1948-1953 112
6. Radio Astronomy and the Size of the Universe: Palomar and Pasadena, 1948-1958 147
7. Telling the Good News: America and Europe, 1953-1959 177
8. The Finale and After: Australia and Göttingen, 1959-1960 200
ABBREVIATIONS 229
NOTES 233
BIBLIOGRAPHY 259
INDEX 261
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"Osterbrock's narrative and the arguments that pervade it advance an original interpretation of one of the twentieth century's most significant astronomers. Based on extensive research in the archives, this biography of Walter Baade is an impressive contribution to the history of astronom."—Karl Hufbauer, author of Exploring the Sun

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