Space and Society

The Meaning and Value of Spaceflight

Public Perceptions

Authors: Bainbridge, William Sims

  • Based on new analysis of six decades of questionnaire and public opinion data this book charts the full sweep of meanings people have attached to the space program
  • Assesses how Americans understand spaceflight and which values it can serve for them
  • Takes into account the connections people make to wider social issues and other branches of science and technology
  • Written in a lucid style for readers interested in the topic
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About this book

This book presents the most serious and comprehensive study, by far, of American public perceptions about the meaning of space exploration, analyzing vast troves of questionnaire data collected by many researchers and polling firms over a span of six decades and anchored in influential social science theories. It doesn't simply report the percentages who held various opinions, but employs sophisticated statistical techniques to answer profound questions and achieve fresh discoveries.

Both the Bush and the Obama administrations have cut back severely on fundamental research in space science and engineering. Understanding better what space exploration means for citizens can contribute to charting a feasible but progressive course. Since the end of the Space Race between the US and the USSR, social scientists have almost completely ignored space exploration as a topic for serious analysis and this book seeks to revive that kind of contribution.

The author communicates the insights in a lucid style, not only intelligible but interesting to readers from a variety of backgrounds.

About the authors

William Sims Bainbridge is an experienced researcher on the history and sociology of space development and a leader in developing new computational methods of questionnaire administration and analysis, as well as a writer who knows how to communicate clearly to readers interested in spaceflight or science and technology more broadly.

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 28, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38106-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
  • low-cost access
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Meaning and Value of Spaceflight
Book Subtitle
Public Perceptions
Authors
Series Title
Space and Society
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-07878-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-07878-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-07877-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38106-0
Series ISSN
2199-3882
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 225
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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