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A single sky : how an international community forged the science of radio astronomy

Author: David P D Munns
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For more than three thousand years, the science of astronomy depended on visible light. In just the last sixty years, radio technology has fundamentally altered how astronomers see the universe. Combining the wartime innovation of radar and the established standards of traditional optical telescopes, the "radio telescope" offered humanity a new vision of the universe. In A Single Sky, the historian David Munns  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David P D Munns
ISBN: 9780262018333 0262018330
OCLC Number: 783862072
Description: xi, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Decisions --
Noise --
Disciples --
Visions --
Size.
Responsibility: David P.D. Munns.

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For more than three thousand years, the science of astronomy depended on visible light. In just the last sixty years, radio technology has fundamentally altered how astronomers see the universe. Combining the wartime innovation of radar and the established standards of traditional optical telescopes, the "radio telescope" offered humanity a new vision of the universe. In A Single Sky, the historian David Munns explains how the idea of the radio telescope emerged from a new scientific community uniting the power of radio with the international aspirations of the discipline of astronomy. The radio astronomers challenged Cold War era rivalries by forging a united scientific community looking at a single sky.

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A Single Sky makes an important contribution to the history of physics in the high Cold War (ca. 1944--1964). In choosing to tell the story of radio astronomy, Munns has selected a science that Read more...

 
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