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Glimpsing an Invisible Universe
The Emergence of X-ray Astronomy

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  • Date Published: September 1985
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521312325

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  • Now in paperback, this book deals with the evolution of X-ray astronomy during the initial phases of its development. The story commences in the late 1950s with the discovery of high-energy radiations from beyond the solar system, and is taken through to the point at which X-ray astronomers began exploring questions of broader interest in astronomy. In examining this early period, when scientists acquired fundamental data and the rudiments of theory, the author shows how technical progress, and public policy changes played important roles in advancing the subject. Three transformations of astronomy as a discipline are highlighted: the augmentation of purely optical observations; the emergence of federal funding as the dominant source of financial support; and the greatly altered size and structure of the research community.

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    • Date Published: September 1985
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521312325
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Part I. The Scientific, Technological and Political Environments:
    1. The heritage of X-ray astronomy
    2. The political environment
    3. First fruit
    Part II. The X-ray Astronomy Community:
    4. Competition and confirmation
    5. 'A major area within astronomy'
    6. Migrants and money
    Part III. Resolving the Central Problem:
    7. Of mechanisms and a model
    8. Research programs
    9. More problems, new lines of research
    10. Uhuru
    Part IV. Epilogue:
    11. Success and frustration
    Appendices:
    1. Statistics on scientists
    2. Experimental groups in nonsolar X-ray astronomy
    3. Technical discussion
    Bibliographic note on unpublished sources
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Richard F. Hirsh, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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