In Search of the True Universe

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In Search of the True Universe: Volume 0, Part 0 The Tools, Shaping, and Cost of Cosmological Thought Autor: Martin Harwit


Astrophysicist and scholar Martin Harwit examines how our understanding of the cosmos advanced rapidly during the twentieth century and identifies the factors contributing to this progress. Astronomy, whose tools were largely imported from physics and engineering, benefited mid-century from the US policy of coupling basic research with practical national priorities. This strategy, initially developed for military and industrial purposes, provided astronomy with powerful tools yielding access – at virtually no cost – to radio, infrared, X-ray, and gamma-ray observations. Today, astronomers are investigating the new frontiers of dark matter and dark energy, critical to understanding the cosmos but of indeterminate socio-economic promise. Harwit addresses these current challenges in view of competing national priorities and proposes alternative new approaches in search of the true Universe

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In Search of the True Universe: Volume 0, Part 0 The Tools, Shaping, and Cost of Cosmological Thought Autor: Martin Harwit


Astrophysicist and scholar Martin Harwit examines how our understanding of the cosmos advanced rapidly during the twentieth century and identifies the factors contributing to this progress. Astronomy, whose tools were largely imported from physics and engineering, benefited mid-century from the US policy of coupling basic research with practical national priorities. This strategy, initially developed for military and industrial purposes, provided astronomy with powerful tools yielding access – at virtually no cost – to radio, infrared, X-ray, and gamma-ray observations. Today, astronomers are investigating the new frontiers of dark matter and dark energy, critical to understanding the cosmos but of indeterminate socio-economic promise. Harwit addresses these current challenges in view of competing national priorities and proposes alternative new approaches in search of the true Universe. This is an engaging read for astrophysicists, policy makers, historians, and sociologists of science looking to learn and apply lessons from the past in gaining deeper cosmological insight.


Spis treści: 1. The nineteenth century’s last five years Part I. The Import of Theoretical Tools: 2. An overview 3. Conclusions based on principles 4. Conclusions based on a premise 5. Conclusions based on calculations 6. Asking the right questions, accepting limited answers Part II. A National Plan Shaping the Universe We Perceive: 7. A new order and the new universe it produced 8. Where did the chemical elements arise? 9. Landscapes 10. The evolution of astrophysical theory after 1960 11. Turmoils of leadership 12. Cascades and shocks that shape astrophysics 13. Astrophysical discourse and persuasion Part III. The Cost of Discerning the True Universe: 14. Organization and functioning of the astronomical community 15. Language and astrophysical stability 16. An economically viable astronomical program Epilogue.


dla: graduate students, academic researchers

isbn 9781107044067
stron 408
Data publikacji 30/01/2014
61 b/w illus. 4 tables
Hardback 253 x 177 mm

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