SECRETS OF THE HOARY DEEP


SECRETS OF THE HOARY DEEP

RICCARDO GIACCONI    Book Number: 80722    Product format: Hardback

The Nobel Laureate in Physics in his part history, part memoir, part cutting-edge science book has produced a personal history of modern astronomy. The discovery of x-rays continues to have a profound and accelerating effect on the field of astronomy. It has opened the cosmos to exploration in ways previously unimaginable and fundamentally altered the methods for pursuing information about our solar system and beyond. Giacconi reveals the science, people and institutional settings behind astronomy and how the tools, techniques and practices designed to support and develop x-ray astronomy were transferred to optical, infrared and radio astronomy, drastically altering the face of modern space exploration. He relates the basic techniques developed at American Science and Engineering and explains how, where and by whom the science was advanced. From the first Earth-orbiting x-ray satellite Uhuru, to the opening of the Space Telescope Science Institute and the lift-off of the Hubble Space Telescope to the construction of the Very Large Telescope, Giacconi recounts the management methods and scientific methodology of the projects which set the standards of operations for all subsequent space and Earth-based observatories. He holds the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics. 411 large pages, with many illustrations and 34 colour plates. A John Hopkins University Press publication.
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