Measurement of Starlight by J.B. Hearnshaw
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Measurement of Starlight
By J.B. Hearnshaw

The Measurement of Starlight

Two Centuries of Astronomical Photometry

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Measurement of Starlight by J.B. Hearnshaw

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Astronomical photometry is the science of measuring the brightness and colours of stars and other celestial objects. It is a technique at the very heart of modern astrophysics. This authoritative volume traces the fascinating historical development of astronomical photometry - from visual techniques at the time of William Herschel in the 1780s, through to the birth of photometry with charge-coupled devices in the 1970s. In this intriguing survey, we see how the advent of new technology has revolutionized the science of photometry at each stage of its development, and what dramatic advances have been achieved, despite several major disasters - especially in the practice of photographic photometry. This book also clearly illustrates the critical relationship between the development of a science and the technology it uses. This volume provides professional astronomers with a valuable guide to the background and development of this fundamental technique. It will also be of great interest to amateur astronomers and historians of the physical sciences.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521018289
ISBN-10: 0521018285
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Measurement of Starlight by J.B. Hearnshaw Measurement of Starlight, Hardback (May 1996)

A well-illustrated historical survey of the science of measuring the brightness and colours of stars - for professional astronomers, amateur astronomers and historians of science.

Instrumentation and Research Programmes for Small Telescopes by J.B. Hearnshaw Instrumentation and Research Programmes for Small Telescopes, Paperback (October 1986)

Proceedings of the 118th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, held in Christchurch, New Zealand, December 2-6, 1985

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