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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe : Archaeology and the Future - Alice Gorman

Dr Space Junk vs The Universe

Archaeology and the Future

Paperback Published: 1st April 2019
ISBN: 9781742236247
Number Of Pages: 320

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Going boldly forth as a pioneer in the fledgling field of space archaeology, Dr Alice Gorman (aka Dr Space Junk) turns the common perception of archaeology as an exploration of the ancient on its head. Her captivating inquiry into the most modern and daring of technologies spanning some 60 years — a mere speck in cosmic terms — takes the reader on a journey which captures the relics of space forays and uncovers the cultural value of detritus all too readily dismissed as junk.

In this book, she takes a physical journey through the solar system and beyond, and a conceptual journey into human interactions with space. Her tools are artefacts, historical explorations, the occasional cocktail recipe, and the archaeologist’s eye applied not only to the past, but the present and future as well.

Erudite and playful, Dr Space Junk reveals that space is not as empty as we might think. And that by looking up and studying space artefacts, we learn an awful lot about our own culture on earth. She makes us realise that objects from the past — the material culture produced by the Space Age and beyond — are so significant to us now because they remind us of what we might want to hold onto into the future.

About the Author

Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the emerging field of space archaeology. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, The Monocle and Archaeology. She won the 2017 UNSW Press Bragg Prize for science writing. She is a faculty member of the International Space University's Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide and is a senior lecturer at Flinders University. She has worked extensively in Indigenous heritage management and is also a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement. Alice is a member of the Executive Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and a Councillor of the Anthropological Society of South Australia.

Industry Reviews

`As charming as it is expert, as gripping as it is surprising, Dr Space Junk vs The Universe deftly threads together the cosmic and the personal, the stupendousness of space with the lived experience of human beings down here' - Adam Roberts, author of Gradisil

ISBN: 9781742236247
ISBN-10: 1742236243
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 2019
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5

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