Cosmic discovery : the search, scope, and heritage of astronomy /

Martin Harwit's influential book, Cosmic Discovery, is rereleased after more than thirty-five years, with a new preface written by the author. The work chronicles the astronomical discoveries up to the late twentieth century and draws conclusions that major discoveries have often been unexpecte...

Full description

Saved in:
Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Harwit, Martin, 1931- (Author)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Subjects:
Online Access:CONNECT
CONNECT
Description
Summary:Martin Harwit's influential book, Cosmic Discovery, is rereleased after more than thirty-five years, with a new preface written by the author. The work chronicles the astronomical discoveries up to the late twentieth century and draws conclusions that major discoveries have often been unexpected, unrelated to prevailing astronomical theories and made by outsiders from other fields. One trend alone seems to prevail: major discoveries follow major technological innovations in observational instruments. The author also examines discovery in terms of its political, financial, and sociological contexts, including the role of industry and the military in enabling new technologies, and methods of funding. The challenges encountered by astronomy in the 1980s are remarkably similar to those astronomers face today. Difficulties persist in controlling recurrent cost overruns on planned missions, and in confronting mounting costs in developing observatories for detecting gravitational waves, high-energy cosmic rays, and particles that might explain dark matter.
Item Description:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 06 Mar 2019).
Physical Description:1 online resource (xxvi, 348 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
ISBN:9781108655088 (ebook)