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The astronomy revolution : 400 years of exploring the cosmos

Author: Donald G York; Owen Gingerich; Shuang-Nan Zhang
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, ©2012.
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"Exploring research domains involved with astronomy and cosmology, this interdisciplinary volume investigates and explains how the field has affected human life and perceptions of the universe. Chapters cover the historical background of the field, past and current research, the science behind astronomy, and open question raised by modern astronomical and cosmological research. Many contributors offer unique
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Genre/Form: Congresses
Named Person: Hans Lippershey
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald G York; Owen Gingerich; Shuang-Nan Zhang
ISBN: 9781439836002 1439836000
OCLC Number: 738384007
Description: xxiv, 426 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: From the language of heaven to the rationale of matter / Tsung-Dao Lee --
Impact of modern telescope development on astronomy / Riccardo Giacconi --
Searching for others earths and life in the universe / Geoffrey W. Marey --
Formation and evolution of galaxies / Ben Moore --
Structure formation in the universe : from the dark side to the first light / Naoki Yoshida --
Overview of supernovae, the explosive death's of stars / Alexei V. Filippenko --
Dark secrets of the gaseous nebulae : highlights from deep spectroscopy / Xiao-Wei Liu --
Can we detect dark matter? / Elliott D. Bloom --
Can we understand dark energy? / Mark Sullivan --
Astrophysical Black Holes in the physical universe / Shuang-Nan Zhang --
Ultrahigh energy cosmic rays / Glennys R. Farrar --
New technologies for radio astronomy / K.Y. Lo, Alan H. Bridle --
Advanced optical techniques in astronomy / Michael Shao --
Scientific opportunities for 30 meter class optical telescopes / Richard S. Ellis --
Impact of astronomy on Chinese society in the days before telescopes / Yi-Long Huang --
Impact of the telescope in the west, 1608-1802 / Owen Gingerich --
Impact of the telescope on astronomy and society in China / Xiao-Chun Sun --
Exoplanet atmospheres and the search for biosignatures / Sara Sager --
What new telescopes can tell us about "other worlds" / Charles A. Beichman --
Multiverse cosmology / Paul C.W. Davies --
Universe or multiverse? / Renata Kallosh, Andrei Linde --
Cosmos and humanity in traditional Chinese thought / Yung Sik Kim --
Laws of nature, moral order, and the intelligibility of the cosmos / Peter Harrison --
Why are the laws of nature as they are? What underlies their existence? / George F.R. Ellis --
Appendix: New Vision 400 conference.
Responsibility: edited by Donald G. York, Owen Gingerich, Shuang-Nan Zhang.
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"Exploring research domains involved with astronomy and cosmology, this interdisciplinary volume investigates and explains how the field has affected human life and perceptions of the universe. Chapters cover the historical background of the field, past and current research, the science behind astronomy, and open question raised by modern astronomical and cosmological research. Many contributors offer unique overviews of the field, covering creativity and technology in discovery, the impact of telescopes, challenges in astronomy, and questions raised by new knowledge. Appendices provide chapter summaries, contributor bios, and ellipsis projects"--

"Preface This book is a product of the New Vision 400 (NV400) conference held in Beijing in October 2008 in conjunction with the widely celebrated 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope in 1608 by Hans Lipperhey (see http://nv400.uchicago.edu/). Like the conference, this book emphasizes the effects of technology on society and the origin of our understanding of a number of deep questions that arise out of scientific research, specifically astronomy and our knowledge of the cosmos. Looking beyond science questions to the role of moral responsibility in human civilizations, this volume offers the unique vantage points of contributions from both Eastern and Western cultures, which often differ dramatically in worldview and in knowledge. A Chinese-language edition of this book, to be published by Peking University Press, is also planned. Part I focuses on the general theme of creativity and technology in scientific--particularly astronomical--discovery and is based on presentations that were primarily aimed at young people at the public event preceding the NV400 conference. These discussions will be accessible to many readers regardless of their technical training. The editors structured the specific topics covered in Parts II through V around selected examples of well-recognized areas of astronomical knowledge, modern challenges, new technologies, and historical impact. The book concludes with Part VI, an investigation of "big questions": What is the origin of the laws of physics as we know them? Why do these specific laws exist? Are these laws the same everywhere? How do these scientific laws relate to the moral laws of society? Does what we know depend on cultural ways of asking the questions?"--

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