The Astronomy Revolution: 400 Years of Exploring the Cosmos

Some four hundred years after the 1st identified patent program for a telescope via Hans Lipperhey, The Astronomy Revolution: four hundred Years of Exploring the Cosmos surveys the results of this software and explores the questions that experience arisen out of medical examine in astronomy and cosmology. encouraged via the foreign New imaginative and prescient 400 convention held in Beijing in October 2008, this interdisciplinary quantity brings jointly accelerated and up to date contributions from 26 esteemed convention audio system and invited others. taking a look past questions of technology to the position of ethical accountability in human civilizations, the ebook deals the original vantage issues of contributions from either jap and Western cultures.

Extensively illustrated in complete colour, this publication contains six components. geared toward younger scientists, the 1st half offers views on creativity and expertise in clinical discovery. within the moment half, participants research how the telescope has impacted our wisdom of the Universe―from the formation of galaxies to the loss of life of stars. The 3rd a part of the publication outlines a number of the demanding situations we are facing in knowing darkish topic, darkish power, black holes, and cosmic rays, and the fourth half discusses new applied sciences that would be invaluable in attacking new and unresolved questions. The 5th a part of the e-book examines the highbrow effect that the telescope has had on society in China and within the West.

The e-book concludes with an research of "big questions": What is the starting place of the legislation of physics as we all know them? Are those legislation an identical in every single place? How do those clinical legislation relate to the ethical legislation of society? Does what we all know depend upon cultural methods of asking the questions? Is there existence in different places? And what concerning the questions that technology can't solution? Celebrating the historic value of the telescope, this precise publication seeks to encourage all these concerned or drawn to the company of astronomy as humankind keeps the hunt to unveil the heavens.

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