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    DescriptionFor more than three thousand years, the science of astronomy depended on visible light. In just the last sixty years, radio technology has fundamentally altered how astronomers see the universe. Combining the wartime innovation of radar and the established standards of traditional optical telescopes, the "radio telescope" offered humanity a new vision of the universe. In A Single Sky, the historian David Munns explains how the idea of the radio telescope emerged from a new scientific community uniting the power of radio with the international aspirations of the discipline of astronomy. The radio astronomers challenged Cold War era rivalries by forging a united scientific community looking at a single sky. Munns tells the interconnecting stories of Australian, British, Dutch, and American radio astronomers, all seeking to learn how to see the universe by means of radio. Jointly, this international array of radio astronomers built a new "community" style of science opposing the "glamour" of nuclear physics. A Single Sky describes a communitarian style of science, a culture of interdisciplinary and international integration and cooperation, and counters the notion that recent science has been driven by competition. Collaboration, or what a prominent radio astronomer called "a blending of radio invention and astronomical insight," produced a science as revolutionary as Galileo's first observations with a telescope. Working together, the community of radio astronomers revealed the structure of the galaxy.


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    Title
    A Single Sky
    Subtitle
    How an International Community Forged the Science of Radio Astronomy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David P. D. Munns
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262018333
    ISBN 10: 0262018330
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: TBX, PGT
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    BIC subject category V2: PGG
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16480
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: NAT033000, SCI004000
    DC22: 522.682, 522/.682
    DC23: 522.682
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QB475.A25 M86 2013
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/SCITAS
    Thema V1.0: TBX, PGG, PGT
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    12 figures
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    27 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    David P. D. Munns is Assistant Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.
    Review quote
    This is a splendid account of early radio astronomy, meticulously researched and beautifully written. It is a concise yet valuable contribution to scholarship covering the two decades when astronomers first confronted the invisible universe. -- Simon Mitton American Historical Review A Single Sky makes an important contribution to the history of physics in the high Cold War (ca. 1944--1964). In choosing to tell the story of radio astronomy, Munns has selected a science that operated in the looming shadow of physics and one in which participants chose not to mimic their more well-known and well-supported colleagues in high-energy physics. -- Ann Johnson The Journal of American History