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Astronomers' Universe

The Invisible Universe

The Story of Radio Astronomy

Authors: Verschuur, Gerrit

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  • Includes new chapters that encompass the amazing work already being done by ALMA and some of the new radio telescopes that have come into operation since 2007
  • Provides new information that concerns the political reality of what happens to “big science” when it becomes too big to be affordable
  • "Verschuur both entertains and informs about the contribution that radio astronomy is making towards an understanding of the universe Highly recommended. All levels.”  (W. E. Howard III, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (11), August, 2007)
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Hidden from human view, accessible only to sensitive receivers attached to huge radio telescopes, the invisible universe beyond our senses continues to fascinate and intrigue our imaginations. Closer to home, in the Milky Way galaxy, radio astronomers listen patiently to the ticking of pulsars that tell of star death and states of matter of awesome densities. All of this happens out there in the universe hidden from our eyes, even when aided by the Hubble Space Telescope.

This is the story of radio astronomy, of how radio waves are generated by stars, supernova, quasars, colliding galaxies and by the very beginnings of the universe itself. The author discusses what radio astronomers are doing in the New Mexico desert, in a remote valley in Puerto Rico, and in the green Pocahontas Valley in West Virginia, as well as dozens of other remote sites around the world. With each of these observatories, the scientists collect and analyze their data, "listening" to the radio signals from space in order to learn what, or perhaps who, is out there as well. The author specifically highlights enormous changes that have occurred in the field over the past 50 years, including the political reality of radio astronomy and what that could mean for the future.

About the authors

Dr. Gerrit Verschuur is the author of eight books, co-author or editor of 3 text books, has written over 80 scientific research articles, and 90 + popular astronomy articles. He lectures widely on astronomical topics, pioneered the study of the interstellar magnetic field and has been active in radio astronomical studies of interstellar matter for over 45 years. Dr. Verschuur published the first ever, full-length technical paper on the radio search for extraterrestrial intelligence in 1973. He has taught in the physics departments of six different universities world-wide, most recently at the University of Memphis.

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“This is the third edition of Verschuur’s very readable history of radio astronomy. … Verschuur (Univ. of Memphis) traces the development of radio astronomy from its birth in 1932 through the technological improvements made based on discoveries during WW II, to large government supported projects, and up to the modern day. … The well-done color illustrations are abundant, and the appendix of technical terms is useful. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-level undergraduates.” (M.-K. Hemenway, Choice, Vol. 52 (12), August, 2015)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • What is Radio Astronomy

    Pages 1-11

    Verschuur, Dr. Gerrit

  • A Science is Born

    Pages 13-30

    Verschuur, Dr. Gerrit

  • The Radio Sun and Planets

    Pages 31-44

    Verschuur, Dr. Gerrit

  • The Galactic Radio Nebulae

    Pages 45-55

    Verschuur, Dr. Gerrit

  • Radio Waves from the Milky Way

    Pages 57-69

    Verschuur, Dr. Gerrit

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eBook 23,79 €
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Softcover 31,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-13421-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Invisible Universe
Book Subtitle
The Story of Radio Astronomy
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-13422-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-13422-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-13421-5
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
3
Number of Pages
XII, 259
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations, 69 illustrations in colour
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