Explorers of the Southern Sky: A History of Australian Astronomy

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Raymond Haynes
Cambridge University Press, Jun 27, 1996 - Reference - 527 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments page xi
1
SAILING SOUTH FOR A NEW SKY
21
ASTRONOMY IN SYDNEY TOWN
37
THE STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE
69
A BID FOR FAME
96
FOR LOVE OF THE SUBJECT
114
ASTRONOMY ON A NATIONAL BASIS
152
FROM SWORDS TO PLOUGHSHARES
195
THE ADVANTAGE OF LATITUDE
318
THE HIGHENERGY FRONTIER
341
DIVERSITY THROUGH INNOVATION
359
OPTICAL ASTRONOMY GOES HIGHTECH
382
A TELESCOPE AS WIDE AS A CONTINENT
410
Notes
435
Glossary of abbreviations
480
Bibliography
500

RADIO ASTRONOMY AND THE BIG TELESCOPES
237
ENTREPRENEURS IN ASTRONOMY
287

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