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American Astronomy

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In this collective biography of the more than 1,200 individuals who engaged in astronomical research, teaching, or practice in the United States between 1859 and 1940, John Lankford paints a meticulously documented portrait of this community. He tallies the number with and without doctorates, the number that taught in colleges or universities versus those involved in industrial or government work, the number of women versus men, and so on. He also addresses the crucial question of power within the community-what it meant, which astronomers had it, and what they did with it. Drawing on more than a decade of archival research, Lankford attends to the numbers in concise tables and figures, and takes care to focus through biographical sketches on the human beings his data represent. This dual approach convincingly illustrates how the changing structure of a scientific community can alter both the career trajectories of its members and the nature of the scientific research they choose to pursue.

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Author(s):
John Lankford
Condition:
As new
Edition:
1997
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0226468860
ISBN-13:
9780226468860
Number of pages:
474
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Title:
American Astronomy

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About this item

Brand new. Still in cellophane wrapper.

In this collective biography of the more than 1,200 individuals who engaged in astronomical research, teaching, or practice in the United States between 1859 and 1940, John Lankford paints a meticulously documented portrait of this community. He tallies the number with and without doctorates, the number that taught in colleges or universities versus those involved in industrial or government work, the number of women versus men, and so on. He also addresses the crucial question of power within the community-what it meant, which astronomers had it, and what they did with it. Drawing on more than a decade of archival research, Lankford attends to the numbers in concise tables and figures, and takes care to focus through biographical sketches on the human beings his data represent. This dual approach convincingly illustrates how the changing structure of a scientific community can alter both the career trajectories of its members and the nature of the scientific research they choose to pursue.

Author(s):
John Lankford
Condition:
As new
Edition:
1997
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0226468860
ISBN-13:
9780226468860
Number of pages:
474
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Title:
American Astronomy

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