The Early Years of Radio Astronomy: Reflections Fifty Years After Jansky's Discovery

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W. T. Sullivan
Cambridge University Press, Sep 1, 2005 - Science - 432 pages
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Radio astronomy has revolutionized the course of modern astronomy. Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Jansky's discovery in 1933 of extraterrestrial radio emission, Professor Sullivan asked many of the pioneers in the field to set down their versions of events and the people who made them. Each of the score of contributors seeks to give a good 'feeling' for the times to the great majority of readers who will not have experienced them. Over 150 illustrations, mostly historical photographs of men and machines, enliven the various recollections and reflections. The list of contributors includes many of the key personalities and covers all the major laboratories and countries involved in radio astronomy before 1960. In addition to the radio astronomers themselves, there are contributions from optical astronomers and theorists closely related to the field, as well as historians of twentieth century astronomy.
  

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Contents

G Reber Early radio astronomy at Wheaton Illinois
43
Greenstein Optical and radio astronomers in the early years
67
AUSTRALIA
83
W N Christiansen The first decade of solar radio astronomy in Australia
113
F J Kerr Early days in radio and radar astronomy in Australia
133
B Y Mills Radio sources and the log Nlog S controversy
147
R N Bracewell Early work on imaging theory in radio astronomy
167
ENGLAND
191
LGimburg Remarks on my work on radio astronomy
289
J F Denisse The early years of radio astronomy in France
303
A E Covington Beginnings of solar radio astronomy in Canada
317
H Tanaka Development of solar radio astronomy in Japan up until 1960
335
BROADER REFLECTIONS
349
W HMcCrea The influence of radio astronomy on cosmology
365
van de Hulst Nanoheru astronomy
385
O Gingerich Radio astronomy and the nature of science
399

memories of Jodrell Bank
213
F G Smith Early work on radio stars at Cambridge
237
THE REST OF THE WORLD
267

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