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Astronomy is through nature an interdisciplinary task: it contains arithmetic, physics, chemistry and biology. Astronomers use (and usually advance) the most recent know-how, the quickest desktops and the main sophisticated software program. during this publication twenty-two best scientists from 9 international locations discuss how astronomy interacts with those different sciences. They describe smooth tools utilized in astronomy and the family among astronomy and know-how, undefined, politics and philosophy. in addition they talk about what it potential to be an astronomer, the background of astronomy, and where of astronomy in society this day.

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259 Michael Shara sixteen Being an Astronomer: an affidavit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 Bernard citadel half IV Astronomy on the Frontiers of data 17 Astronomy as opposed to Astrology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285 Marek Artur Abramowicz 18 basic matters and difficulties of Cosmology.. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309 George F. R. Ellis 19 The Earth and different Solar-System our bodies . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321 Th´er`ese Encrenaz 20 Exobiology: An instance of Interdisciplinarity at paintings .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337 Muriel Gargaud and St´ephane Tirard Index . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351 Contributors Marek Artur Abramowicz After commencement in 1968 at Wroclaw college he labored years in its Institute of arithmetic. In 1970 he moved to the Institute of Astrophysics in Warsaw, and because then by no means labored as a mathematician. In 1974 he acquired his Ph. D. at Warsaw college in theoretical physics. an analogous 12 months he all started his lengthy odyssey: Stanford, Austin, Oxford, Trieste (SISSA and ICTP), Copenhagen (Nordita), and eventually Gothenburg, the place from 1994 he's a whole professor of astrophysics and chair. due to the fact 2007 he's additionally a traveling professor on the Copernicus heart in Warsaw. His pursuits contain concept of black holes, accretion disks, and the character of inertial forces. He supervised approximately twenty doctorates, together with these of Piero Madau, Omer Blaes and Jufu Lu. Mark G. Allen bought his Ph. D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Australian nationwide college in 1998. After a postdoctoral place on the area Telescope technology Institute he joined the Observatoire de Strasbourg, and is at the moment a researcher within the Centre nationwide de l. a. Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). His astronomical pursuits contain lively galactic nuclei and making around the globe astronomical info interoperable notwithstanding the advance of ‘Virtual Observatories’. Johannes Andersen is Professor of Astronomy on the college of Copenhagen, Denmark, and at present Director of the Nordic Optical Telescope, los angeles Palma, Spain. He has additionally held traveling appointments for 5 years in France, Canada and the us, and saw commonly at ESO in Chile. His major clinical pursuits are the constitution and evolution of stars and the Milky means Galaxy, astronomical instrumentation, and foreign cooperation, with a few 360 courses in those fields. He has served as Chair of the ESO medical and Technical Committee, as normal Secretary of the foreign Astronomical Union, at the Bureau of COSPAR, and as Chair of the Board of the ERA-NET ASTRONET, and at present chairs the OPTICON Telescope administrators’ discussion board and several committees. xv xvi participants David Aubin is Professor of historical past of Sciences on the Universit´e Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris and a member of the Institut de math´ematiques de Jussieu. the writer of a number of articles at the historical past of arithmetic and of the observatory sciences, he's the co-editor with Charlotte Bigg and H.

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