The Birth of Modern Astronomy, 1st ed. 2018
Historical & Cultural Astronomy Series

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568 p. · 15.5x23.5 cm · Hardback

This richly illustrated book discusses the ways in which astronomy expanded after 1945 from a modest discipline to a robust and modern science. Present-day astronomy utilizes all possible means ? radio waves, infrared radiation, X-rays and gamma-rays, cosmic rays and now even gravitational waves ? across an array of ground- and space-based telescopes and detectors to investigate how the Universe began, evolved and produced such marvels as black holes, dark matter and billions of stars. 

The book begins with an introduction to the state of astronomy in 1945. The following 60-year history is divided into six different periods. In each section, the pivotal innovations and discoveries of the time are presented, using a plethora of original arguments and diagrams. The narrative proceeds along three major paths: one dealing with instruments; the second with birth, structure, groups, evolution and the death of stars; and the third leading the reader through the many surprising discoveries about galaxies and the Universe they populate.

Professor Harm J. Habing obtained his PhD in astronomy from the University of Groningen in 1968 under Dr. Sr.R. Pottasch. He did his postdoc at the University of California under Prof. G. Field before becoming a senior researcher at Leiden University in 1970. In 1980, he became a full professor at Leiden University, where he remained until his retirement in 2002. During his time at Leiden University, he acted as chairman several times, and he served as the scientific director from 1995-2002. In addition, he supervised 28 graduate students.

Professor Habing has published over 350 papers in scientific journals and has written multiple books, including “Asymptotic Giant Branch Stars” (Springer). Further, he has received the Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement from NASA and the Gilles Holst medal in gold from the Royal Dutch Academy of Science. He is also Chevalier de l’ ordre de la Légion d’honneur.

Comprehensively describes how a global “new astronomy” was born with the emergence of radio, infrared and X-ray astronomy and the surprising evolution of optical astronomy, along with the new possibilities offered by satellites in space, electronic computers and the Internet

Organized by the development  of new instruments and the pivotal discoveries they facilitated

Written by a leading expert who has been both a participant and witness to these developments over the entire 60-year period, from 1945 to 2015