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Explorers of the Southern Sky

Explorers of the Southern Sky
A History of Australian Astronomy

$273.00 (R)

  • Date Published: June 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521365758

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  • This book is both an indispensable reference 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--the authors lead us to the most exciting, high-tech, current and projected research being carried out at Australia's world-class astronomy facilities and universities. The authors cover all branches of astronomy--optical, infrared, X-ray, gamma-ray, microwave, gravitational wave and theoretical--and they include the contribution of amateur astronomers. The nontechnical 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.

    • Comprehensive study of Australian astronomy
    • Provides comprehensive discussion of Aboriginal astronomy
    • Covers not only the science, but the individuals involved and the social and economic climate in which they worked
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    "Highly readable, thorough, well referenced and beautifully illustrated Explorers of the Southern Sky: a History of Australian Astronomy is a tome worth having." New Scientist

    "The poignant illustrations, explanatary figures, and photographs of people not only document the course of events, but provide an excellent human perspective to this outstanding work." Science Books and Films

    "A well written and thorough work." Choice

    "...the book will interest a large cross section of people-students, astronomers, historians, and general readers." Isis

    "...the clarity of presentation is admirable and the stories move along briskly, covering a wide range. Altogether, a great book." American Scientist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521365758
    • length: 542 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Authors

    Raymond Haynes, Australia Telescope CSIRO, New South Wales

    Roslynn D. Haynes, University of New South Wales, Sydney

    David Malin, Anglo-Australian Observatory, Epping, Australia

    Richard McGee, Radiophysics Laboratory, CSIRO, Epping, Australia

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