Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Information Handling in Astronomy - Historical Vistas

Editors: Heck, Andre (Ed.)

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This book is dedicated to the memory of Gisèle Mersch whose life ended prematurely in June 2002. Back in the 1970s, when few people were using them, Gisèle introduced me to the arcane secrets of then advanced m- tivariate statistical methodologies. I was already involved in more classical statistical studies undertaken at Paris Observatory with Jean Jung: developing and applying maxim- likelihood algorithms to stellar photometric and kinematic data in order to derive absolute luminosities, distances and velocities in the solar neighb- hood. But what could be envisaged with those methodologies was something of another dimension: for the first time, I could really see how to extract information from massive amounts of data without calling for elaborated physical or mechanical theories. Several pioneering applications were developed under Gisèle’s guidance and with her collaboration to study the delicate interface between spect- scopic and photometric data. Thus errors in spectral classifications were investigated as well as predictions of spectral classifications from pho- metric indices (see Heck 1976, Heck et al. 1977, Heck & Mersch 1980 and Mersch & Heck 1980), with very interesting results for the time. Gisèle also took part in studies of period determination algorithms (see Mersch & Heck 1981, Manfroid et al. 1983 and Heck et al. 1985).

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Half a Century of Intense Maturation

    Heck, A.

    Pages 1-13

  • Evolution of Time Measurement in Astronomy

    Biémont, E.

    Pages 15-34

  • Evolution of Data Processing in Optical Astronomy — A Personal Account

    Albrecht, R.

    Pages 35-60

  • IHAP: Image Handling and Processing System

    Grosbøl, P. (et al.)

    Pages 61-70

  • FITS: A Remarkable Achievement in Information Exchange

    Greisen, E. W.

    Pages 71-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Information Handling in Astronomy - Historical Vistas
Editors
  • Andre Heck
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
285
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-48080-5
DOI
10.1007/0-306-48080-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1178-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6245-1
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 298
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