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The subject of this history is the science and politics of the establishment, funding, construction and operation of two important American observatories, the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) and the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The book is written from the unique perspective of Frank K. Edmondson, a former member of the AURA board of directors. Drawing on oral histories, archival material, as well as the author's personal participation from 1956 to the present, this is a personal account of a period of major innovation in American optical astronomy. Will be of interest to historians and astronomers alike.Read more
- Unique, based on author's personal participation from 1956 to the present
- Oral histories were contributed by 85 individuals, 32 of whom are no longer living
- Important archival material came from the files of 23 institutions and 26 individuals
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"The reporting is clear, accurate, and detailed, with ample documentation....its intellectual content and in its social practice....Edmondson has done well what he set out to do and his legacy of information and insight will assist less prudent historians in their speculations." Historical Studies in the Physics and Biological SciencesSee more reviews
"As it contains a great deal of previously unpublished material, this book will be invaluable to anyone trying to understand the history of American optical astronomy since the war. ...this is a unique book that will be of great interest to historians of postwar American astronomy...." David Leverington, Isis
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- Date Published: September 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521019187
- length: 388 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.624kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Beginning
Part II. AURA is Created
Part III. New Directions for AURA
Part IV. Cerro Tololo's Neighbours
Part V. Epilogue.
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