Astronomy at the Frontiers of Science

  • Jean-Pierre Lasota

Part of the Integrated Science & Technology Program book series (ISTP, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Astronomy and Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paolo A. Mazzali
      Pages 21-42
    3. Alessandra Buonanno
      Pages 87-106
  3. Astronomy in Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. James Lequeux, Laurent Vigroux
      Pages 123-136
    3. Johannes Andersen
      Pages 159-172
    4. Fabienne Casoli
      Pages 173-187
  4. The Tools of Observation and the Profession of Astronomer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Andrzej Udalski
      Pages 191-208
    3. Phil Charles
      Pages 209-227
    4. Mark G. Allen
      Pages 243-258
    5. Michael Shara
      Pages 259-266
    6. Bernard Fort
      Pages 267-281
  5. Astronomy at the Frontiers of Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Marek Artur Abramowicz
      Pages 285-307
    3. George F. R. Ellis
      Pages 309-320
    4. Thérèse Encrenaz
      Pages 321-336
    5. Muriel Gargaud, Stéphane Tirard
      Pages 337-350
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 351-357

About this book


Astronomy is by nature an interdisciplinary activity: it involves mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Astronomers use (and often develop) the latest technology, the fastest computers and the most refined software.  In this book twenty-two leading scientists from nine countries talk about how astronomy interacts with these other sciences. They describe modern instruments used in astronomy and the relations between astronomy and technology, industry, politics and philosophy. They also discuss what it means to be an astronomer, the history of astronomy, and the place of astronomy in society today.


The book contains twenty chapters grouped in four parts:

  • ASTRONOMY AND PHYSICS discusses the place of astronomy among various branches of (mostly high-energy) physics.
  • ASTRONOMY IN SOCIETY describes not only the historical context of astronomy, but issues facing astronomers today, including funding, planning, worldwide collaboration and links with industry.
  • THE TOOLS OF OBSERVATION AND THE PROFESSION OF ASTRONOMER discusses very small and very large telescopes, as well as mirror technology, the storage, organization and distribution of data, being an astronomer today, and the role played by planetaria in educating the general public.
  • ASTRONOMY AT THE FRONTIERS OF KNOWLEDGE highlights the struggle of astronomy versus astrology, and the sciences of cosmology, planetology and astrobiology.

This fascinating book will appeal to professionals in the fields of astronomy and physics, as well as space institutes, research agencies and the general public.


Astrobiology Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology Astronomy, Observation and Techniques Extraterrestrial Physics Space Sciences

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Pierre Lasota
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut d’Astrophysique de ParisParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1657-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1658-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-2375
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-2383
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