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Recent advances and issues in astronomy
De Pree, Christopher Gordon.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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"An Oryx book."
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QB43.3 .D4 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Recent Issues and Advances in Astronomy explores the most important developments in astronomy over the last decade, including the results of recent investigations on extrasolar planetary systems, black holes, and the existence of water in space. Besides exploring the societal implications of recent developments, the book also addresses the philosophical questions raised by recent advances, such as whether or not we are alone in the universe. Other chapters offer biographies of prominent astronomers, discussions of important current investigations, summaries of astronomical funding and career statistics, and a glossary of terms. The book also provides an annotated listing of relevant organizations and bibliographies of print and nonprint information resources.

The book is illustrated and extensively cross-referenced, and includes a detailed subject index. A special chapter comprises narratives written by four trained astronomers, each of whom describes the particular career path he or she has chosen, both inside and outside the field of astronomy itself.

Author Notes

Alan Axelrod was born on August 25, 1952, in New York. He was educated at Northeastern Illinois University and University of Iowa. He is a leading writer about American history, and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to American History. In his books, Axelrod presents the facts, details, and faces that have helped shape the history of the United States.

Axelrod has served as a consultant to several museums and institutions. He has received numerous honors, including a National Cowboy Hall of Fame Award in 1991.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Despite the title, De Pree (Agnes Scott College, Atlanta), Marvel (American Astronomical Society), and Axelrod (Ian Samuel Group Inc.) are involved more with issues than advances. Discussion of the science is concentrated in the first chapter, although some additional material is included throughout. One chapter summarizes some of the major research problems yet to be solved. The chapter on instrumentation is well written and offers insight into the impact of advanced technology on astronomical research. But the bulk of the book is devoted to a discussion of the relationship between astronomy and the public; some critical studies of the direction in which the field is moving; and brief biographical sketches of selected astronomers. An important chapter presents essays by a number of scientists who have migrated to careers outside the traditional academic path. There the case is argued that the training astronomers receive makes them exceptionally well qualified for a variety of positions in industry and government. However, readers interested in the science itself would perhaps be better off with one of the many introductory works now available, such as John D. Fix's Astronomy: Journey to the Cosmic Frontier (2nd ed., 1999). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers. D. E. Hogg National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1. Astronomy Todayp. 1
2. Astronomical Technology and Techniquesp. 39
3. Astronomy and Societyp. 91
4. Documents and Sourcesp. 117
5. Biographical Portraitsp. 153
6. Unsolved Problems, Unanswered Questionsp. 171
7. Careers in Astronomyp. 190
8. Statistics on Careers and Research and Developmentp. 209
9. Organizations and Associationsp. 221
10. Journals, Magazines, and Internet Resourcesp. 231
Glossaryp. 243
Indexp. 249