Integrated Science & Technology Program

Astronomy at the Frontiers of Science

Editors: Lasota, Jean-Pierre (Ed.)

  • First book comprehensibly describing interdisciplinary aspects of contemporary astronomy
  • Unique description by top specialists of challenges facing 21st century astronomers
  • Provides historical perspective, including the struggle of astronomy against astrology
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Astronomy is by nature an interdisciplinary activity: it involves mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Astronomers use (and often develop) the latest technology, the fastest computers and the most refined software.  In this book twenty-two leading scientists from nine countries talk about how astronomy interacts with these other sciences. They describe modern instruments used in astronomy and the relations between astronomy and technology, industry, politics and philosophy. They also discuss what it means to be an astronomer, the history of astronomy, and the place of astronomy in society today.

 

The book contains twenty chapters grouped in four parts:

  • ASTRONOMY AND PHYSICS discusses the place of astronomy among various branches of (mostly high-energy) physics.
  • ASTRONOMY IN SOCIETY describes not only the historical context of astronomy, but issues facing astronomers today, including funding, planning, worldwide collaboration and links with industry.
  • THE TOOLS OF OBSERVATION AND THE PROFESSION OF ASTRONOMER discusses very small and very large telescopes, as well as mirror technology, the storage, organization and distribution of data, being an astronomer today, and the role played by planetaria in educating the general public.
  • ASTRONOMY AT THE FRONTIERS OF KNOWLEDGE highlights the struggle of astronomy versus astrology, and the sciences of cosmology, planetology and astrobiology.

This fascinating book will appeal to professionals in the fields of astronomy and physics, as well as space institutes, research agencies and the general public.

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“Lasota (Paris Institute of Astrophysics, France) has compiled a very eclectic and engaging mix of essays on astronomy-related topics. … This is a unique book that fills a niche rarely addressed by other works. … anyone with an interest in astronomy will find it a good read. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.” (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 49 (9), May, 2012)

Aus den Rezensionen:

 “... Ein Buch über Interdisziplinarität regt dazu an, selbst interdisziplinärer zu denken. Wer bereit ist, diesen mühsamen Weg zu gehen und sich nicht nur für astronomische Ergebnisse, sondern auch für die Astronomie und ihre Vernetzungen selbst interessiert, sollte dieses Buch lesen. Es lohnt sich.“ (MIRCO SANER, in: Sterne und Weltraum, 2012, Issue 6, S. 104 f.)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • The Universe as a Laboratory for High-Energy Physics

    Dubus, Guillaume

    Pages 3-20

  • Standard Candles in Astronomy

    Mazzali, Paolo A.

    Pages 21-42

  • High Energy Cosmic Ray and Neutrino Astronomy

    Waxman, Eli

    Pages 43-68

  • Interdisciplinary Aspects of High-Energy Astrophysics

    Sigl, Günter

    Pages 69-85

  • Gravitational Wave Astronomy

    Buonanno, Alessandra

    Pages 87-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Astronomy at the Frontiers of Science
Editors
  • Jean-Pierre Lasota
Series Title
Integrated Science & Technology Program
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1658-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1658-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1657-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3709-9
Series ISSN
2211-2375
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 358
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