It also proclaimed Albany's status as a major national center of culture, knowledge and affluence. This book explores the story of the Dudley Observatory as a year long episode in civic astronomy.
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The story ranges from a bitter civic controversy to a venture into space, from the banks of the Hudson River to the highlands of Argentina. It is a unique glimpse at a path not taken, a way of doing science once promising, now vanished. As discoveries by the Dudley Observatory's astronomers, especially its second director Lewis Boss, made significant contributions to the modern vision of our Milky Way galaxy as a rotating spiral of more than a million stars, the advance of astronomy left that little observatory behind.
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Please try again later. George Wise did a great service in producing a marvelous book that will be read probably by few, yet fills and important gap in the history of science for the public in America. There is no doubt that, more than any other country, America values an educated lay public, and the efforts of the citizens of Albany, New York, to create a world-class observatory in the s is known by few.
However, this volume, more encompassing than "Elites in Conflict", shows on the one hand how intense the struggle can be to professionalize a scientific field on the one hand, and make it accessible and appealing to the public, on the other.
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