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Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy

Volume II

  • André Heck

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 266)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. André Heck
    Pages 1-8
  3. Jayant V. Narlikar
    Pages 29-45
  4. Anthony E. S. Mayer
    Pages 65-82
  5. Karla Peterson, Beth Perriello, Peg Stanley, Jerry Bonnell, Evan Smith, Nancy Remage Evans et al.
    Pages 103-120
  6. Ian Robson
    Pages 121-137
  7. Jacques Breysacher, Christoffel Waelkens
    Pages 149-162
  8. Keith Shortridge
    Pages 163-178
  9. Helmut A. Abt
    Pages 197-205
  10. Uta Grothkopf, Marlene Cummins
    Pages 207-219
  11. Noël Cramer
    Pages 229-238
  12. André Heck
    Pages 257-268
  13. André Heck
    Pages 269-280

About this book

Introduction

Seated in a sun-lit corner of his 17th century Dutch house, his hand touching a celestial globe, Johannes Vermeer's "Astronomer" seems to pon­ der about the mysteries of the universe. We might make the trip to Paris and ask him, in the Louvre, what precisely is on his mind. Unfortunately, there will be no answer. But we do know what his mind was not on. It was not on the approaching deadlines for the proposals he would have to write for getting funds and telescope-time, not on the meeting of the observing programs committee, not on his refereeing duty for the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, nor on his university's tightening budget for science. In the Kapteyn Institute at Groningen I stand face to face with the im­ pressive portrait of J.C. Kapteyn, painted in the year 1918. Seated at his desk he is doing his calculations with pen, pencil and tables, perhaps check­ ing the work of his skilled staff of human computers. Early in his career he had completed his magnum opus, the Cape Photographic Durchmusterung in collaboration with his close friend David Gill at Capetown, South Africa.

Keywords

Nation astronomy astrophysics cosmology environment sociology space science

Editors and affiliations

  • André Heck
    • 1
  1. 1.Strasbourg Astronomical ObservatoryFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-0666-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3860-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0666-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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