Explorers of the Southern Sky : A History of Australian Astronomy

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Explorers of the Southern Sky : A History of Australian Astronomy

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 527 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521365758
  • DDC分類 520.994

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This well-illustrated volume is the most comprehensive account of Australian astronomy to date. It is both an indispensable reference book on the history of astronomy in Australia, and a highly readable study of a scientific discipline in the context of emerging nationhood. It covers not only the science, but the individuals involved and the social and economic climate in which they worked. Starting from the ancient Aboriginal beliefs about the Sky World - the earliest known astronomy, anywhere in the world - we are led through to the most exciting high-tech current and projected research being carried out at Australia's world-class national astronomy facilities, and by groups in Australian universities. All branches of astronomy are covered - optical, infrared, X-ray, gamma-ray, microwave, gravitational wave and theoretical - including the contribution of amateur astronomers. The non-technical language, many illustrations, and explanatory figures, ensure that this guide will appeal to a wide range of readers - including professional astronomers, historians of science, students, amateur astronomers and general readers.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Dreaming the stars
2. Sailing south for a new sky
3. Astronomy in Sydney town
4. The struggle for independence
5. A bid for fame
6. For love of the subject
7. Astronomy on a national basis
8. From swords to ploughshares
9. Radio astronomy and the big telescopes
10. Entrepreneurs in astronomy
11. The advantage of latitude
12. The high-energy frontier
13. Diversity through innovation
14. Optical astronomy goes high tech
15. A telescope as wide as a continent
Glossary of abbreviations
Glossary of scientific and technical words
Bibliography
Index of names and dates
Subject index.