By Guillaume Dubus (auth.), Jean-Pierre Lasota (eds.)
Astronomy is by way of nature an interdisciplinary task: it consists of arithmetic, physics, chemistry and biology. Astronomers use (and frequently strengthen) the newest know-how, the quickest pcs and the main sophisticated software program. during this e-book twenty-two best scientists from 9 international locations discuss how astronomy interacts with those different sciences. They describe smooth tools utilized in astronomy and the relatives among astronomy and know-how, undefined, politics and philosophy. additionally they speak about what it potential to be an astronomer, the background of astronomy, and where of astronomy in society today.
The booklet includes twenty chapters grouped in 4 parts:
- ASTRONOMY AND PHYSICS discusses where of astronomy between a variety of branches of (mostly high-energy) physics.
- ASTRONOMY IN SOCIETY describes not just the historic context of astronomy, yet concerns dealing with astronomers this present day, together with investment, making plans, around the globe collaboration and hyperlinks with industry.
- THE instruments OF statement AND THE occupation OF ASTRONOMER discusses very small and extremely huge telescopes, in addition to replicate expertise, the garage, association and distribution of knowledge, being an astronomer this day, and the position performed by way of planetaria in instructing the overall public.
- ASTRONOMY on the FRONTIERS of data highlights the fight of astronomy as opposed to astrology, and the sciences of cosmology, planetology and astrobiology.
This attention-grabbing e-book will attract pros within the fields of astronomy and physics, in addition to area institutes, study businesses and the final public.
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Astronomy at the Frontiers of Science by Guillaume Dubus (auth.), Jean-Pierre Lasota (eds.)