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Solar System Astronomy in America

Solar System Astronomy in America

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Between 1920 and 1960 astronomers began working with scientists in other fields in order to better understand the nature of the solar system. Researchers made wide-ranging attempts to solve such problems as the nature of lunar and terrestrial craters, the origin of comets and meteors, and the birth of the solar system. While often tinged with controversy, this work provided the foundation for planetary science in the space age. Exploiting previously unused archival material, Ronald Doel investigates this emerging interdisciplinary scientific community and its influence on astronomy, meteorology, geology, and geophysics. He examines how studies in planetary science were influenced by shifts in institutional mandates, new research techniques, and Cold War government-military funding. Above all, the book explores an important branch of what is now called the environmental sciences. This book will interest historians of science as well as astronomers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521115681
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publisher Imprint: Cambridge University Press
  • Depth: 19
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 316
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: Communities, Patronage, and Interdisciplinary Science, 1920-1960
  • Width: 152 mm
  • ISBN-10: 052111568X
  • Publisher Date: 16 Jul 2009
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: Reissue
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Weight: 463 gr

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