Now in paperback, this book deals with the evolution of X-ray astronomy during the initial phases of its development. The story commences in the late 1950s with the discovery of high-energy radiations from beyond the solar system, and is taken through to the point at which X-ray astronomers began exploring questions of broader interest in astronomy. In examining this early period, when scientists acquired fundamental data and the rudiments of theory, the author shows how technical progress, and public policy changes played important roles in advancing the subject. Three transformations of astronomy as a discipline are highlighted: the augmentation of purely optical observations; the emergence of federal funding as the dominant source of financial support; and the greatly altered size and structure of the research community.
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- Date Published: September 1985
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521312325
- length: 196 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.3kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Scientific, Technological and Political Environments:
1. The heritage of X-ray astronomy
2. The political environment
3. First fruit
Part II. The X-ray Astronomy Community:
4. Competition and confirmation
5. 'A major area within astronomy'
6. Migrants and money
Part III. Resolving the Central Problem:
7. Of mechanisms and a model
8. Research programs
9. More problems, new lines of research
Part IV. Epilogue:
11. Success and frustration
1. Statistics on scientists
2. Experimental groups in nonsolar X-ray astronomy
3. Technical discussion
Bibliographic note on unpublished sources
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