In this Book

Secrets of the Hoary Deep
buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary
The discovery of x-rays continues to have a profound and accelerating effect on the field of astronomy. It has opened the cosmos to exploration in ways previously unimaginable and fundamentally altered the methods for pursuing information about our solar system and beyond. Nobel Prize winner Riccardo Giacconi’s highly personal account of the birth and evolution of x-ray astronomy reveals the science, people, and institutional settings behind this incalculably important and deeply influential discipline. Part history, part memoir, and part cutting-edge science, Secrets of the Hoary Deep is the tale of x-ray astronomy from its infancy through what can only be called its early adulthood. It also offers the companion story of how the tools, techniques, and practices designed to support and develop x-ray astronomy were transferred to optical, infrared, and radio astronomy, drastically altering the face of modern space exploration. Giacconi relates the basic techniques developed at American Science and Engineering and explains how, where, and by whom the science was advanced. From the first Earth-orbiting x-ray satellite, Uhuru, to the opening of the Space Telescope Science Institute and the lift-off of the Hubble Space Telescope to the construction of the Very Large Telescope, Giaconni recounts the ways in which the management methods and scientific methodology behind successful astronomy projects came to set the standards of operations for all subsequent space- and Earth-based observatories. Along the way he spares no criticism and holds back no praise, detailing individual as well as institutional failures and successes, reflecting upon how far astronomy has come and how far it has yet to go. Crisp, informative, and prognostic, Giacconi’s story will captivate, inspire, and, at times, possibly infuriate professional and amateur astronomers across the breadth of the field and at all stages of their personal and professional development.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. ONE: My Italian Roots
  2. pp. 1-19
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. TWO: New World: The Fulbright Fellowship
  2. pp. 20-32
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. THREE: Introducing X-Ray Astronomy
  2. pp. 33-44
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. FOUR: The First Celestial X-Ray Source: Discovering Sco X-1
  2. pp. 45-59
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. FIVE: Plans and Progress in X-Ray Astronomy
  2. pp. 60-76
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. SIX: The First Orbiting X-Ray Observatory: Uhuru
  2. pp. 77-91
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. SEVEN: Breakthrough: The Uhuru Results
  2. pp. 92-114
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. EIGHT: Constructing X-Ray Telescopes: Overcoming Technical and Institutional Hurdles
  2. pp. 115-138
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. NINE: Plans for Space and Realities on the Ground: LOXT, Einstein, and NASA
  2. pp. 139-161
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. TEN: The Einstein Results: Observation Collides with Theory
  2. pp. 162-180
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. ELEVEN: Transitions: From American Science and Engineering to Harvard
  2. pp. 181-200
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. TWELVE: The Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Telescope Science Institute
  2. pp. 201-222
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. THIRTEEN: Paradigm Shifts: The Space Telescope Science Institute at Work (Color Plates Follow)
  2. pp. 223-240
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. FOURTEEN: The Space Telescope Science Institute: Launch Readiness and Its Finest Hour
  2. pp. 241-259
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. FIFTEEN: Science at the Space Telescope Science Institute
  2. pp. 260-275
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. SIXTEEN: The European Southern Observatory
  2. pp. 276-296
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. SEVENTEEN: Building the Very Large Telescope
  2. pp. 297-321
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. EIGHTEEN: The Role of ESO in Major European Astronomy Programs
  2. pp. 322-339
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. NINETEEN: Radio Astronomy on the Radar
  2. pp. 340-357
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. TWENTY: First Loves and Last Words
  2. pp. 358-374
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acronyms and Abbreviations
  2. pp. 375-377
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 379-389
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 391-398
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 399-411
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Credits
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Color Plates
  2. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.