Astronomy at the Frontiers of Science

Astronomy at the Frontiers of Science

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Astronomy is by nature an interdisciplinary activity: it involves mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Astronomers use (and often develop) the latest technology, the fastest computers and the most refined software. In this book twenty-two leading scientists from nine countries talk about how astronomy interacts with these other sciences. They describe modern instruments used in astronomy and the relations between astronomy and technology, industry, politics and philosophy. They also discuss what it means to be an astronomer, the history of astronomy, and the place of astronomy in society today.We have identified in Titan a possible laboratory for prebiotic chemistry, and even an equivalent of the primitive Earth. ... Space missions are under study at ESA and NASA, in the frame of a large international cooperation, and excitinganbsp;...

Title:Astronomy at the Frontiers of Science
Author: Jean-Pierre Lasota
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-08-05

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