Discovery and Classification in Astronomy: Controversy and Consensus

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Cambridge University Press, 9 de set de 2013 - 458 páginas
Astronomical discovery involves more than detecting something previously unseen. The reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet in 2006, and the controversy it generated, shows that discovery is a complex and ongoing process - one comprising various stages of research, interpretation, and understanding. Ranging from Galileo's observation of Jupiter's satellites, Saturn's rings, and star clusters, to Herschel's nebulae and the modern discovery of quasars and pulsars, Steven J. Dick's comprehensive history identifies the concept of "extended discovery" as the engine of progress in astronomy. The text traces more than 400 years of telescopic observation, exploring how the signal discoveries of new astronomical objects relate to and inform one another, and why controversies such as Pluto's reclassification are commonplace in the field. The volume is complete with a detailed classification system for known classes of astronomical objects, offering students, researchers, and amateur observers a valuable reference and guide.
 

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Discovery in the Realm
33
Nebulous Discoveries
63
of the Stars Themselves
91
Discovery in
121
The Structure of Discovery
173
The Varieties of Discovery
201
Discovery and Classification
233
Technology and Theory as Drivers of Discovery
279
The Meaning of Discovery
329
Astronomys Three Kingdoms
343
Notes
371
Select Bibliographical Essay
429
Glossary
437
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Steven J. Dick served as the NASA Chief Historian from 2003 to 2009 and was the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace at the National Air and Space Museum from 2011 to 2012. He has worked as both an astronomer and historian of science. Minor planet 6544 Stevendick is named in his honor.

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