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By John M. Templeton, Sir, Donald G. York, Owen Gingerich

A few four hundred years after the 1st recognized patent program for a telescope through Hans Lipperhey, The Astronomy Revolution: four hundred Years of Exploring the Cosmos surveys the consequences of this software and explores the questions that experience arisen out of clinical study in astronomy and cosmology. encouraged by way of the foreign New imaginative and prescient four hundred convention held in Beijing in October 2008, this interdisciplinary quantity brings jointly elevated and up-to-date contributions from 26 esteemed convention audio system and invited others. having a look past questions of technology to the function of ethical accountability in human civilizations, the e-book deals the original vantage issues of contributions from either japanese and Western cultures. greatly illustrated in complete colour, this ebook comprises six components. geared toward younger scientists, the 1st half offers views on creativity and expertise in medical discovery. within the moment half, participants learn how the telescope has impacted our wisdom of the Universe—from the formation of galaxies to the loss of life of stars. The 3rd a part of the ebook outlines a few of the demanding situations we are facing in figuring out darkish subject, darkish strength, black holes, and cosmic rays, and the fourth half discusses new applied sciences that might be important in attacking new and unresolved questions. The 5th a part of the publication examines the highbrow impression that the telescope has had on society in China and within the West. The publication concludes with an research of "big questions": what's the beginning of the legislation of physics as we all know them? Are those legislation an analogous in every single place? How do those clinical legislation relate to the ethical legislation of society? Does what we all know rely on cultural methods of asking the questions? Is there existence in different places? And what in regards to the questions that technological know-how can't resolution? Celebrating the ancient importance of the telescope, this distinct publication seeks to encourage all these concerned or drawn to the firm of astronomy as humankind maintains the hunt to unveil the heavens.

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