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The International Astronomical Union

Uniting the Community for 100 Years

  • Johannes Andersen
  • David Baneke
  • Claus Madsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Johannes Andersen, David Baneke, Claus Madsen
    Pages 1-27
  3. Johannes Andersen, David Baneke, Claus Madsen
    Pages 29-50
  4. Johannes Andersen, David Baneke, Claus Madsen
    Pages 51-90
  5. Johannes Andersen, David Baneke, Claus Madsen
    Pages 91-172
  6. Johannes Andersen, David Baneke, Claus Madsen
    Pages 173-223
  7. Johannes Andersen, David Baneke, Claus Madsen
    Pages 225-325
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 327-375

About this book

Introduction

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919, in the wake of the First World War, together with its sister Unions in related natural sciences. It will thus turn 100 years in 2019. Written by a mixed team of insiders and outsiders, this book presents the IAU in the changing context of the historical, scientific and technological development of astronomy during the past 100 years.

While much important scientific progress took place already before 1945, the book naturally focuses on the accelerating evolution during the second half of the century. In the past few decades, the previously narrow IAU focus on organising professional astronomy has broadened to include societally relevant activities such as addressing the hazard of asteroid impacts, the planetary status of Pluto in the Solar System, and the hugely successful International Year of Astronomy. Most recently, it is spearheading a combination of science literacy and public outreach.

The book will be of interest to professional astronomers as well as an astronomically interested general audience. The book features live personal interviews with as many of the key actors as still possible.

Keywords

International Astronomical Union IAU IAU Centennial 2019 History of the IAU Post World War II astronomy key actors in 20th and 21st century astronomy

Authors and affiliations

  • Johannes Andersen
    • 1
  • David Baneke
    • 2
  • Claus Madsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Dark Cosmology Centre, The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Department of Physics and AstronomyAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.History and Philosophy of ScienceUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute of Physics and AstronomyAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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