Explorers of the Southern Sky: A History of Australian Astronomy (Hardback)
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Explorers of the Southern Sky: A History of Australian Astronomy (Hardback)

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Hardback 542 Pages / Published: 27/06/1996
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This well-illustrated volume is the most comprehensive account of Australian astronomy to date. It is both an indispensable reference book on the history of astronomy in Australia, and a highly readable study of a scientific discipline in the context of emerging nationhood. It covers not only the science, but the individuals involved and the social and economic climate in which they worked. Starting from the ancient Aboriginal beliefs about the Sky World - the earliest known astronomy, anywhere in the world - we are led through to the most exciting high-tech current and projected research being carried out at Australia's world-class national astronomy facilities, and by groups in Australian universities. All branches of astronomy are covered - optical, infrared, X-ray, gamma-ray, microwave, gravitational wave and theoretical - including the contribution of amateur astronomers. The non-technical language, many illustrations, and explanatory figures, ensure that this guide will appeal to a wide range of readers - including professional astronomers, historians of science, students, amateur astronomers and general readers.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521365758
Number of pages: 542
Weight: 1150 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 30 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'Highly readable, thorough, well referenced and beautifully illustrated ... a tome worth having. Authors Raymond Haynes, David Malin and Richard McGee begin with aboriginal images of the Moon and Milky Way and end with a radio telescope as wide as the whole Australian continent.' New Scientist
Review of the hardback: 'Astronomy is one of those few fields in which Australia, in 1996, ranks as a leader on the international stage, and in which it has a long and distinguished history of doing so ... this is ... a lively and captivating account of the people and the society which were responsible for this prestigious position. It is a good bed-time read, as light and fun as any historical novel, but with the added bonus of being impeccably researched by the four authors.' Sydney Morning Herald
Review of the hardback: 'This book explores the rich history of Australian astronomy and is sure to become the standard reference on the subject for a long time to come. It is detailed yet entertaining, and wonderfully researched. It is filled with amusing anecdotes and quotes. If you love astronomy, history, Australia or all threee, then get this book!' Geoff MacNamara, Astronomy Now
Review of the hardback: 'Explorers of the Southern Sky is a meticulously researched and well-written book. In many places the text is elegantly constructed and the unfolding story is a delight to read ... This is an elegant and erudite volume, and I recommend it warmly to all those with an interest in science Down Under.' John Hearnshaw, Journal for the History of Astronomy
Review of the hardback: 'This is a worthy volume for any self-respecting astronomical library; those with an interest in the history of the subject may want their own copy.' David Stickland, The Observatory
Review of the hardback: ' ... no doubt to become a classic.' Irish Astronomical Journal
Review of the hardback: '... the most comprehensive account of Australian astronomy to date ... and a highly readable study of a scientific discipline.' Europe & Astronomy
'The substantial reference section, glossary and bibliography [confirm] the authority of the authors as well as the post publication respect the global astronomical community has for this book.' Astronomy Now

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