The Astronomy Revolution: 400 Years of Exploring the Cosmos

Some four hundred years after the 1st recognized patent program for a telescope by means of Hans Lipperhey, The Astronomy Revolution: four hundred Years of Exploring the Cosmos surveys the results of this device and explores the questions that experience arisen out of clinical learn 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 extended and up to date contributions from 26 esteemed convention audio system and invited others. having a look past questions of technological know-how to the position of ethical accountability in human civilizations, the e-book deals the original vantage issues of contributions from either jap and Western cultures.

Extensively illustrated in complete colour, this ebook contains six components. geared toward younger scientists, the 1st half provides views on creativity and know-how in medical discovery. within the moment half, participants learn 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 ebook outlines many of the demanding situations we are facing in knowing darkish subject, darkish strength, black holes, and cosmic rays, and the fourth half discusses new applied sciences that would be valuable in attacking new and unresolved questions. The 5th a part of the booklet examines the highbrow influence 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 all places? How do those medical 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 in regards to the questions that technology can't solution? Celebrating the historic value of the telescope, this distinctive e-book seeks to motivate all these concerned or attracted to the company of astronomy as humankind keeps the hunt to unveil the heavens.

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