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The General History of Astronomy

Volume 4. Astrophysics and Twentieth-Century Astronomy to 1950: Part A

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A. J. Meadows, John Lankford, Albert Van Helden, Helen Sawyer Hogg, David DeVorkin, Owen Gingerich, Philip S. Laurie, Jacques Lévy, Aleksandr A. Mikhailov, Howard Plotkin, Deborah Warner, Trudy E. Bell, Dieter B. Herrmann, David S. Evans, Charles Fehrenbach, Herbert Friedman, Woodruff T. Sullivan III, Barbara L. Welther
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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521135429

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  • Volume 4 of The General History of Astronomy, originally published in 1984, concerns the birth of modern astrophysics in the nineteenth century, the growth of astronomical institutions to around 1920, and the development of instrumentation. The volume commences in the 1850s, with the first astronomical applications of photography and spectral analysis. It closes in the 1950s, before the explosive growth made possible by new electronic devices and computers. In Part A, there are eleven chapters, written by an international panel of eighteen authors, on subjects such as observatories, large telescopes, astronomy in the southern hemisphere, and early radio astronomy. Intended for general readership, this book formed part of an in-depth synthesis of the development of astronomy from the earliest times.

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    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521135429
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Part I. The Birth of Astrophysics and Other Late Nineteenth-Century Trends (c.1850–c.1920)
    1. The origins of astrophysics A. J. Meadows
    2. The impact of photography on astronomy John Lankford
    3. Telescope building, 1850–1900 Albert Van Helden
    4. The new astronomy A. J. Meadows
    5. Variable stars Helen Sawyer Hogg
    6. Stellar evolution and the origin of the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram David DeVorkin
    Part II. Observatories and Instrumentation:
    7. Astronomical institutions. Introduction Owen Gingerich, Greenwich Observatory Philip S. Laurie, Paris Observatory Jacques Lévy, Pulkovo Observatory Aleksandr A. Mikhailov, Harvard College Observatory Howard Plotkin, United States Naval Observatory Deborah Warner, Lick Observatory Trudy E. Bell, Potsdam Astrophysical Observatory Dieter B. Herrmann
    8. Building large telescopes, 1900–1950 Albert Van Helden
    9. Astronomical institutions in the southern hemisphere, 1850–1950 David S. Evans
    10. Twentieth-century instrumentation Charles Fehrenbach, with a section on 'Early rockets in astronomy' Herbert Friedman
    11. Early radio astronomy Woodruff T. Sullivan III
    Appendix: The world's largest telescopes, 1850–1950 Barbara L. Welther
    Illustrations: acknowledgements and sources
    Index.

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    Owen Gingerich

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    A. J. Meadows, John Lankford, Albert Van Helden, Helen Sawyer Hogg, David DeVorkin, Owen Gingerich, Philip S. Laurie, Jacques Lévy, Aleksandr A. Mikhailov, Howard Plotkin, Deborah Warner, Trudy E. Bell, Dieter B. Herrmann, David S. Evans, Charles Fehrenbach, Herbert Friedman, Woodruff T. Sullivan III, Barbara L. Welther

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