Astronomers' Universe

The Rise of Astrophysics in Modern Spain

From Dictatorship to Democracy

Authors: Sánchez, Francisco

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  • Shows how Spain transformed from a scientific backwater to a world player in astrophysics
  • Useful for astronomers, historians of science, policymakers, and general readers interested in Big Science
  • Discusses technology transfer and the economic benefits of science
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About this book

This book describes the unlikely development of astrophysics in Spain, set against the final decade of Franco’s rule and the country’s transition to democracy.

The author, Founding Director of Spain’s Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, gives a firsthand account of his own and others’ odyssey in establishing the field in Franco’s Spain, showing how in a mere half-century, Spain was able to transform from a scientific backwater to a world player in astronomy and astrophysics. The book is a behind-the-scenes, warts-and-all depiction of how Big Science gets done, showing the motivations—sometimes as entertaining as they are infuriating—that drive scientific institutions and the scientists who work for them.

Many astronomers, both professional and amateur, and historians know of the great scientific work being done in Spain, but there is very little published information available about the complex story underlying it. This English edition now makes that story accessible for the lay reader. With its casual, yet captivating narrative, the book is a rare and inspiring contribution to the history of astrophysics, science policy, education and outreach. 


About the authors

Professor Francisco Sánchez played a leading role in the introduction of astrophysics to Spain. During the sixties he carried out site testing at Izaña (Tenerife) to confirm the suitability of the site for the establishment of an astronomical observatory. Since then, his goal has always been to promote the Canarian summits as ideal locations for advanced telescopes and to promote the skies above the Canarian observatories as a natural resource to be exploited for scientific research. He founded the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), which came into existence in 1982 and is now a leading astrophysical research centre.           Under Sánchez’s direction, a key activity of the IAC was, and still is, technology transfer, its efforts in this direction coming to full fruition with the building of the 10.4 metre Gran Telescopio Canarias and the IAC’s participation in major space astrophysical missions. Professor Sánchez retired in 2013 and holds the official title of Founding Director of the IAC.

Terry Mahoney is a scientific editor and translator at the Research Department of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. He joined the IAC in 1989. From 1993 to 1995 he was an astronomer at GRANTECAN, S.A. on a campaign to choose between two candidate sites for the emplacement of the 10.4 metre GTC at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory. His research interests include the structure of the Galaxy, astronomical terminology and nomenclature, and the life and work of Johannes Kepler. He has been an astronomy adviser to the Oxford English dictionary since 1993 and is Editor-in-Chief of Springer's Compendium of the Astronomical Lexicon, the first instalment of which was published in 2014. He is a member of the IAU, the Spanish Astronomical Society, and the European Astronomical Society.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

Table of contents (24 chapters)
  • Perhaps It All Began with an Eclipse (1959–1961)

    Pages 1-12

    Sánchez, Francisco

  • Izaña (1961–1963)

    Pages 13-20

    Sánchez, Francisco

  • Tenerife and Mount Teide on the Moon (1724–1914)

    Pages 21-28

    Sánchez, Francisco

  • We Are Stardust (1962–1968)

    Pages 29-36

    Sánchez, Francisco

  • The Zodiacal Light (1962–1982)

    Pages 37-44

    Sánchez, Francisco

Buy this book

eBook 21,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-66426-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 25,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-66425-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions & severe weather in the US may cause delays
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Rise of Astrophysics in Modern Spain
Book Subtitle
From Dictatorship to Democracy
Authors
Translated by
Mahoney, T.
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-66426-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-66426-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-66425-1
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 296
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 70 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
English translation of the original Spanish edition published by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain, 2019, entitled "Soñando estrellas: así nació y se consolidó la astrofísica en Canarias"
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