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Discovery and classification in astronomy : controversy and consensus

Author: Steven J Dick
Publisher: New york, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
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"Astronomical discovery involves more than detecting something previously unseen. The reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet in 2006, and the controversy it generated, shows that discovery is a complex and ongoing process - one comprising various stages of research, interpretation, and understanding. Ranging from Galileo's observation of Jupiter's satellites, Saturn's rings, and star clusters, to Herschel's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Dick
ISBN: 9781107033610 1107033616
OCLC Number: 827197381
Description: xvi, 458 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: the natural history of the heavens and the natural history of discovery --
Part I. Entrée: 1. The Pluto affair --
Part II. Narratives of Discovery: 2. Moons, rings, and asteroids: discovery in the realm of the planets; 3. In Herschel's gardens: nebulous discoveries in the realm of the stars; 4. Dwarfs, giants, and planets (again!): the discovery of the stars themselves; 5. Galaxies, quasars, and clusters: discovery in the realm of the galaxies --
Part III. Patterns of Discovery: 6. The structure of discovery; 7. The varieties of discovery; 8. Discovery and classification --
Part IV. Drivers of Discovery: 9. Technology and theory as drivers of discovery --
Part V. The Synthesis of Discovery: 10. Luxuriant gardens and the master narrative; 11. The meaning of discovery --
Appendix I. Astronomy's three kingdoms --
Appendix II: Astronomical discoveries and their extended structure.
Responsibility: Steven J. Dick.

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