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Glimpsing an Invisible Universe : The Emergence of X-ray Astronomy - Richard F. Hirsh

Glimpsing an Invisible Universe

The Emergence of X-ray Astronomy

Paperback Published: 4th November 1985
ISBN: 9780521312325
Number Of Pages: 196

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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.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Scientific, Technological and Political Environments
The heritage of X-ray astronomy
The political environment
First fruit
The X-ray Astronomy Community
Competition and confirmation
'A major area within astronomy'
Migrants and money
Resolving the Central Problem
Of mechanisms and a model
Research programs
More problems, new lines of research
Uhuru
Epilogue
Success and frustration
Appendices
Statistics on scientists
Experimental groups in nonsolar X-ray astronomy
Technical discussion
Bibliographic note on unpublished sources
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521312325
ISBN-10: 0521312329
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 4th November 1985
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.3

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