The Multinational History of Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory - Astrophysics and Space Science Library 330 (Hardback)Andre Heck (editor)
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Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory is quite an interesting place for historians: several changes of nationality between France and Germany, high-profile scientists having been based there, big projects born or installed within its walls, and so on.
Most of the documents circulating on the history of the Observatory and on related matters have however been so far poorly referenced, if at all. This made necessary the compilation of a volume such as this one, offering fully-documented historical facts and references on the first decades of the Observatory history, authored by both French and German specialists.
The experts contributing to this book have done their best to write in a way understandable to readers not necessarily hyperspecialized in astronomy nor in the details of European history.
Several appendices conclude the book: lists of council members and of Observatory scientific personnel, as well as a compendium of the institutional publications until the year 2000.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 318
Weight: 1400 g
Dimensions: 232 x 156 x 19 mm
Edition: 2005 ed.
"Most of the documents circulating on the history of the Observatory and on related matters have however been so far very poorly referenced, if at all. This rendered necessary the compilation of a volume such as this one, offering fully-documented historical facts and references regarding the first decades of the Observatory's history, authored by both French and German specialists."
"This is the first and only work that gives such an extensive overview of the position of that important institute in teh development of European science." (ORION, No330, October 5/2005)
"Un livre des plus interessants, a recommander." - Roger Ferlet , l'Astronomie - Novembre 2006 - vol. 120
"In this well-documented book, Andre Heck and his fourteen co-authors are retracing a unique and exemplary chapter of astronomical history, that of the Strasbourg Observatory, in heart of Alsace." "This book is altogether a fine survey of a bipolar observatory, as described by Andre Heck in the first chapter of his book." - Jean-Claude Pecker, The Observatory, Vol.127, No.1198 June 2007
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