Civic Astronomy: Albany's Dudley Observatory, 1852-2002

Civic Astronomy: Albany's Dudley Observatory, 1852-2002

by George Wise

Paperback(Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2004)

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ISBN-13: 9789048167029
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library , #316
Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2004
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication, Acknowledgements, Seeing From and Being Seen.- The Dudley Observatory's first 150 years as an expression of scientific aspiration and civic pride offers a new perspective on the evolution of astronomy in the United States, Star War- The Dudley Observatory is created with a mission of mapping the stars, then nearly destroyed by a bitter feud carried on by its trustees and its Scientific Council, Time of Troubles.- As American astronomy matures during the third quarter of the 19th century, the Dudley Observatory falls behind, Disciplined Dreamer.- A self trained astronomer, Lewis Boss, combines organizational skills and scientific vision to re-energize the Dudley Observatory, Scientific Sweatshop.- With the aid of the Carnegie Institution, Lewis Boss turns the Dudley Observatory into an efficient workshop for mapping the positions and motions of tens of thousands of stars, Harvest.- Lewis Boss uses his own star catalog to make significant contributions to stellar astronomy, providing a new rung on the cosmic distance ladder, Consumed by the Catalog.- In the course of fulfilling its promise to the Carnegie Institution to provide a General Catalog of the positions and the motions of all the stars easily visible from earth, the Dudley Observatory falls asleep as a research institution, Dust Collectors.- The space age, and another dynamic leader, Curtis Hemenway, re-ignite the Dudley Observatory's research, but then fall victim to a conjunction of scientific and financial problems, Afterlife.- The Dudley Observatory's 150 year history shows some reasons why civic science, believed in the 1850s to be the best route to world class U.S. science, did not in fact become the way the U.S. emerged as a scientific power.- References.- Index

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