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Astronomy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century in Chile and the United States


Astronomy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century in Chile and the United States

Chasing Southern Stars, 1903-1929
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

von: Bárbara K. Silva

51,16 €

Verlag: Palgrave Pivot
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 02.05.2019
ISBN/EAN: 9783030177126
Sprache: englisch

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This Palgrave Pivot tells the transnational story of the astronomical observatory in the hills near Santiago, Chile, built in the early twentieth century through the efforts of astronomers from the Lick Observatory in California. Venturing abroad to learn from largely unmapped Southern skies and, hopefully, answer lingering questions about the structure of the galaxy, they planned a three-year research expedition—but ended up staying for more than twenty-five years. The history of the Mills Expedition offers a window onto the history of astronomy, the challenges of scientific collaboration across national lines, and the political and cultural contexts of early-twentieth-century Chile and the United States.
1. Introduction: Look Up to Southern Stars2. Preparing the Mills Expedition3. The Astronomers' Arrival and Challenges of Getting Settled in Chile4. The Americans Want to Stay5. Changing Years for the Mills Expedition6. Epilogue: Transnational Mirrors for the Stars
Bárbara K. Silva is a FONDECYT-Chile researcher and Lecturer of Latin American History at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 
This Palgrave Pivot tells the transnational story of the astronomical observatory in the hills near Santiago, Chile, built in the early twentieth century through the efforts of astronomers from the Lick Observatory in California. Venturing abroad to learn from largely unmapped Southern skies and, hopefully, answer lingering questions about the structure of the galaxy, they planned a three-year research expedition—but ended up staying for more than twenty-five years. The history of the Mills Expedition offers a window onto the history of astronomy, the challenges of scientific collaboration across national lines, and the political and cultural contexts of early-twentieth-century Chile and the United States.
Explores how the San Cristóbal Observatory emerged from a research expedition by American astronomers, and its connections to broader scientific, political, and cultural contextsCombines a rigorously researched history of an important episode in the evolution of modern astronomy with an accessible, engaging writing styleOffers insight into the history of science in the global South, international scientific collaborations, and the origins of modern global astronomy

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