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Sort order. Jul 11, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , science. There were too many typos for a book so expensive. As far as the actual content - I liked that the author had so many personal anecdotes about his participation in the beginnings of radio astronomy.
Radio Astronomy: Observing the Invisible Universe
He wandered into silliness when he tackled the Drake equation and spent far too many pages on it. The thing that disappointed me the most was the descriptions and pictures of the discoveries of the radio telescopes wasn't accompanied by pictures of the telescope that made the discovery.
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In the appendi There were too many typos for a book so expensive. In the appendix, the author points out how fascinated we humans are by the telescopes, so he knows it exists. Make use of it!
Otherwise, it's an interesting read with a folksy tone that makes it seem like oral history to some extent, even when discussing difficult scientific concepts. Sep 08, Dane rated it really liked it.
It was a slow progress through this one, but so good! This book talks mostly about the short history of radio astronomy.
But since its history is so short, around 55 years perhaps, the author has lived through almost the entirety of it. He intersperses his own personal experience of the history into the narrative. I came away from this book wondering why we don't teach hard sciences through the lense of history more often. Mike rated it liked it Feb 14, Robert Kaufman rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Jace rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Patricia Carroll rated it liked it Dec 29, Astrotama rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Adam Cohen rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Jonathan rated it really liked it Dec 02, Roberto Morales rated it it was amazing Aug 19, Mark Lucas rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Julie marked it as to-read Sep 02, BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 18, Ahbrannon marked it as to-read Nov 01, Acquisitions added it Jul 26, Javier added it Jul 28, Matt marked it as to-read Jan 08, Fred Hughes added it Feb 23, Lily marked it as to-read May 16, Daniel added it Oct 09, Josh marked it as to-read Feb 18, Rod marked it as to-read Jun 28, Ali marked it as to-read Aug 23, Ryan marked it as to-read Dec 08, Tim Robishaw added it Jan 28, Karla marked it as to-read Apr 02, Gregory marked it as to-read Apr 25, Zombling added it Aug 17, Michelle marked it as to-read Aug 18, Mark marked it as to-read Oct 26, Sam marked it as to-read Nov 30, Dezene marked it as to-read Jan 07, Dylan marked it as to-read Jan 17, Closer to home, in the Milky Way galaxy, radio astronomers listen patiently to the ticking of pulsars that tell of star death and states of matter of awesome densities.
ISBN 13: 9780387962801
All of this happens out there in the universe hidden from our eyes, even when aided by the Hubble Space Telescope. This is the story of radio astronomy, of how radio waves are generated by stars, supernova, quasars, colliding galaxies and by the very beginnings of the universe itself.
The author discusses what radio astronomers are doing in the New Mexico desert, in a remote valley in Puerto Rico, and in the green Pocahontas Valley in West Virginia, as well as dozens of other remote sites around the world. With each of these observatories, the scientists collect and analyze their data, "listening" to the radio signals from space in order to learn what, or perhaps who, is out there as well.
The author specifically highlights enormous changes that have occurred in the field over the past 50 years, including the political reality of radio astronomy and what that could mean for the future. Summing Up: Recommended.
The Story of Radio Astronomy
General readers and lower-level undergraduates. Hemenway, Choice, Vol. He lectures widely on astronomical topics, pioneered the study of the interstellar magnetic field and has been active in radio astronomical studies of interstellar matter for over 45 years.
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