Astronomy and Technical Progress

  • James Lequeux
  • Laurent Vigroux
Part of the Integrated Science & Technology Program book series (ISTP, volume 1)


Astronomy is perhaps the best example of fundamental research aiming at increasing our knowledge well beyond our human neighborhood. But astronomy is also a Big Science, which is partly technology-driven. Progress in observational capabilities is due to progress in detectors, telescopes, satellites, etc. In the first part, we remind of the use of astronomy in the past. Then, we use several examples to describe the complex interactions between astronomy, technology development and industry in the modern world. We conclude by a short description of the global economic impact of astronomy.


Technology transfer Adaptive optics Detectors Radio astronomy Astronomy: research and development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LERMAObservatoire de ParisParisFrance
  2. 2.Institut d’AstrophysiqueParisFrance
  3. 3.CEA/DSM.IRFUSaclayFrance

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