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History of the IAU : The Birth and First Half-Century of the International Astronomical Union - Adriaan Blaauw

History of the IAU : The Birth and First Half-Century of the International Astronomical Union

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Number Of Pages: 296

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This book describes the birth and early development of the International Astronomical Union, the world-wide union of professional astronomers that over the past 75 years played an important role in the development of astronomy. However, much attention is also paid to the Union's successful bridging political controversies and maintaining the ties between astronomers in times of war or heavy political tension. The book therefore is of interest not only to astronomers -- professional as well as amateur -- but also to students of the history of modern science in general. The author (born 1914), who earlier published a study of the history of the European Southern Observatory, is an emeritus professor of astronomy of the Universities of Groningen and Leiden, and has witnessed the development of the Union over the past 55 years, the years 1976--1979 as its President.

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`... owe a high debt of gratitude to Blaauw not only for providing this well-documented outline but for giving the IAU archives a high visibility and for taking steps to ensure their preservation.'
Owen Gingerich, Science, Vol. 266, December 1994
`It is, however, a book that should appeal to astronomical and observatory libraries.'
ISIS, 91:4 (2000)

Preface
Birth and Consolidation; 1919-1922p. 1
Earlier 20th Century Developments; World War Ip. 15
The IRC and the "Neutral" States; Suspicion and Resentmentp. 55
1922-1928: First General Assemblies; IAU Becomes Fully Internationalp. 69
The Years 1928-1938p. 103
The IAU and Political Persecutions in the 1930'sp. 121
1938-1948; World War II: Interruption and Recoveryp. 129
1948-1958; Flourishing Science and Disturbing Politicsp. 151
The China Conflictp. 189
1958-1964; Reforms, Berkeley 1961, and Hamburg 1964p. 205
1964-1969; Reforms Continued, the Astronomer's Handbook, Prague 1967, and the 50th Anniversaryp. 239
Financing in the Union; A Review over 75 Yearsp. 253
Referencesp. 269
The IAU Historical Archivesp. 281
Subject Indexp. 285
Name Indexp. 289
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780792329800
ISBN-10: 0792329805
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45

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