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Developing Basic Space Science World-Wide : A Decade of UN/ESA Workshops - Willem Wamsteker

Developing Basic Space Science World-Wide

A Decade of UN/ESA Workshops

By: Willem Wamsteker (Editor), Rudolf Albrecht (Editor), Hans J. Haubold (Editor)


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When the first United Nations/European Space Agency Workshop for Basic Space Science was planned to be held in Bangalore, India (1991) on the invitation of ISRO, few of those involved could expect that a unique forum was going to be created for scientific dialogue between scientists from developing and industrialized nations. As the format of the first workshop was on purpose left free with time for presentations, working sessions, and plenary discussions, the workshop was left to find its own dynamics. After a decade of UN/ESA Workshops, this book brings together the historical activities, the plans which have been developed over the past decade in the different nations, and the results which have materialized during this time in different developing nations. It aims to achieve for development agencies to be assisted in ways to find more effective tools for the application of development aid. The last section of the book contains a guide for teachers to introduce astrophysics into university physics courses. This will be of use to teachers in many nations. Everything described in this book is the result of a truly collective effort from all involved in all UN/ESA workshops. The mutual support from the participants has helped significantly to implement some of the accomplishments described in the book. Rather than organizing this book in a subject driven way, it is essentially organized according to the common economic regions of the world, as defined by the United Nations (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Western Asia). This allows better recognition of the importance of a regional (and at times) global approach to basic space science for the developing nation's world wide. It highlights very specific scientific investigations which have been completed successfully in the various developing nations. The book supplements the published ten volumes of workshop proceedings containing scientific papers presented in the workshops from 1991 to 2002. Information on the workshops is also available at http://www seas.columbia.edu/~ah297/un-esa/index.html http://www oosa.unvienna.org/SAP/bss/index.html http://www oosa.unvienna.org/SAP/centres/centres.html

Introductionp. 1
The UN/ESA workshops on basic space science in the developing countriesp. 3
The international astronomical unionp. 9
The international astronomical union : historial perspectivep. 17
Astronomy around the worldp. 23
Research and education in basic space sciencep. 31
Asia and the Pacificp. 39
Indian space programmep. 41
Astronomy in the Philippinesp. 49
The present status of astronomy in Sri Lankap. 55
A short history of astronomy in Indonesiap. 61
Space astronomy in Chinap. 77
Astronomy in Koreap. 95
Latin America and the Caribbeanp. 99
The astronomical observatory of Honduras : a project of international cooperationp. 101
The GEM project : an international collaboration to survey galactic radiation emissionp. 113
The galactic emission mapping (GEM) project : summary and resultsp. 123
A centre of astronomy for Paraguay : a quest for a moderate-sized telescopep. 131
The Uruguayan automated and robotic telescope "B U S C A"p. 137
Astronomy at the Universidad de Sonorap. 151
Space sciences in Latin Americap. 159
Sub-Saharan Africap. 177
Astronomy in South Africap. 179
The Southern African large telescope (SALT) : a 10 metre class spectroscopic survey telescopep. 183
An inter-African astronomical observatory and science park on the Gamsberg in Namibia?p. 195
Current developments in basic space science in Nigeriap. 203
Towards introducing space science in Ugandap. 211
Space science & technology in Mauritius : current status and future opportunitiesp. 219
Western Asia and Northern Africap. 235
Kottamia telescope upgradingp. 237
The Marskhod Egyptian drill projectp. 241
Small astronomical telescopes for research and education at Helwan, Egyptp. 251
Astronomy in Saudi Arabia : the challengesp. 261
The status of the network of oriental robotic telescopes projectp. 267
Basic space sciences in Jordanp. 273
Small astronomical telescope facilitiesp. 291
The role of public observatories in astronomical observationsp. 293
Small telescopes in research and educationp. 299
Networking of small astronomical telescope facilities in education and research programmes on subjects such as variable stars and near-earth objectsp. 307
Single-site and multi-site photometric research programmes for small telescopesp. 319
"Hands-on astrophysics" and beyondp. 331
CCD photometry of KZ Hya from the AAO (Paraguay)p. 339
Projects for space science and astronomy in developing countriesp. 345
Chasing the dreamp. 347
Provision of astronomical equipment for developing countries through ODA of the government of Japanp. 351
The astronomy digital libraryp. 355
The changing role of the telescope in astronomyp. 363
The world space observatory/ultraviolet (WSO/UV) projectp. 373
Astrophysics for university physics coursesp. 389
Introductionp. 391
Mechanics : orbits and Kepler's Third Lawp. 399
More mechanics of the solar systemp. 423
More mechanics : neutron stars and clusters of galaxiesp. 437
Thermal radiationp. 449
The lives of starsp. 459
Cosmic magnetic fieldsp. 477
High-energy astrophysics, electromagnetic radiationp. 489
Mathematical proofsp. 501
Author indexp. 503
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ISBN: 9781402016813
ISBN-10: 1402016816
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 1.07