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A grand and bold thing : an extraordinary new map of the universe ushering in a new era of discovery

Author: Ann K Finkbeiner
Publisher: New York : Free Press, [2012?]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 2005 the Sloan Digital Sky Survey burst onto the scene--an amazingly detailed new map of the universe created by a small group of visionary scientists, led by the beloved and multi-talented astronomer James Gunn--just awarded the National Medal of Science. Suddenly cosmologists were flooded with so many powerful new discoveries that, as one said, it was like drinking out of a fire hose. At last they could trace  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Observations
Charts, diagrams, etc
Named Person: J E Gunn; J E Gunn
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann K Finkbeiner
ISBN: 9781416552178 1416552170
OCLC Number: 899741211
Notes: Originally published 2010.
Description: ix, 223 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Stakes worth playing for --
Chicagoland --
Putting on the play --
Photometric war --
Running open loop --
First light --
Drift scanning --
Spectroscopic war --
Precision --
The virtual observatory --
Everything's different --
Jim again.
Other Titles: Extraordinary new map of the universe ushering in a new era of discovery
Responsibility: Ann Finkbeiner.

Abstract:

In 2005 the Sloan Digital Sky Survey burst onto the scene--an amazingly detailed new map of the universe created by a small group of visionary scientists, led by the beloved and multi-talented astronomer James Gunn--just awarded the National Medal of Science. Suddenly cosmologists were flooded with so many powerful new discoveries that, as one said, it was like drinking out of a fire hose. At last they could trace the universe's whole history and peer into vast swaths of never before charted deep space. The Sloan survey was put on the web for free, and it has launched a brave new era of eAstronomy in which anyone who wants to is free to probe into the beautiful and far-reaching depths of the Sloan map and discover a new galaxy or name a new super-nova. In The Grand and Bold Thing critically acclaimed science writer Ann Finkbeiner tells the inside story of how Gunn and his band of comrades pulled off this remarkable achievement and of the astonishing array of new cosmological findings that the Sloan Survey has made possible. This is a book that cosmology buffs and every armchair astronomer will relish.
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