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Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950: The Birth, Near Death, and Resurrection of a Scientific Research Institution
     

Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950: The Birth, Near Death, and Resurrection of a Scientific Research Institution

by Donald E. Osterbrock
 

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Drawing on his experience as historian of astronomy, practicing astrophysicist, and director of Lick Observatory, Donald Osterbrock uncovers a chapter in the history of astronomy by providing the story of the Yerkes Observatory.

"An excellent description of the ups and downs of a major observatory."—Jack Meadows, Nature

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Drawing on his experience as historian of astronomy, practicing astrophysicist, and director of Lick Observatory, Donald Osterbrock uncovers a chapter in the history of astronomy by providing the story of the Yerkes Observatory.

"An excellent description of the ups and downs of a major observatory."—Jack Meadows, Nature

"Historians are much indebted to Osterbrock for this new contribution to the fascinating story of twentieth-century American astronomy."—Adriaan Blaauw, Journal for the History of Astronomy

"An important reference about one of the key American observatories of this century."—Woodruff T. Sullivan III, Physics Today

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Booknews
Former Lick Observatory Director Osterbrock portrays the history of Yerkes Observatory, built a century ago by the University of Chicago and remaining one of America's first big-science centers. By chronicling the contributions of its early directors, its decline from 1904 to 1932, and revitalization in the 1930s and 1940s, Osterbrock weaves issues central to the history of astronomy throughout the account, including the status of collaborative research programs, changes in scientific practice, funding headaches, and the increased role of federal financing to support astronomy research. Includes photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Philippe R. Di Fanceso
At a time when dramatic budget cuts affect fundamental research in physics, and all the more so poor relatives such as mathematical physics, Krieger's book gives us a good opportunity to stop and look at what has been accomplished so far.
American Scientist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226639444
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Series:
A Century Foundation Book Series
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
394
File size:
4 MB

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