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Highlighting the History of Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: Proceedings of the ICOA-6 Conference


Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings

Edited By: Wayne Orchiston, Tsuko Nakamura and Richard Strom

660 pages, 340 colour & 70 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Aug 2011 | #194267 | ISBN-13: 9781441981608
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This book provides readers with the results of recent research from some of the world's leading historians of astronomy on aspects of Arabic, Australian, Chinese, Japanese, and North and South American astronomy and astrophysics. It contains peer-reviewed papers gathered from the International Conferences on Oriental Astronomy 6 (ICO-6) with the chosen theme of "Highlighting the History of Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region." Of particular note are the sections on Arabic astronomy, Asian applied astronomy and the history of Australian radio astronomy, and the chapter on Peruvian astronomy. This title is a valuable complement for those with research interests in applied historical astronomy; archaeoastronomy; calendars, manuscripts, and star charts; historical instruments and observatories, and the history of radio astronomy.

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Conference Program

Part I: Applied Historical Astronomy
Paper (Stephenson Eclipses)
Paper (Tanikama et al.)
Paper (Nha II-Seong Eclipse)
Paper (Strom)

Part II: Archaeoastronomy
Paper (Vahia)
Paper (Gullberg and Malville)

Part III: Astronomers, Books, Manuscripts, and Star Charts
Paper (Hafex et al.)
Paper (Soma and Tanikawa)
Paper (Ohashi)
Paper (Yosida and Nakamura)
Paper (Nah II-Seong Planisphere)
Paper (Stephenson Korean MS)

Part IV: Nineteenth Century Transits of Venus and Solar Eclipses
Paper (Cottam ToV)
Paper (Pearson et al.)
Paper (Solar Eclipses)

Part V: The History of Australian Radio Astronomy
Paper (Wendt et al. Potts Hills)
Paper (Wendt et al. Murraybank)
Paper (Stewart et al. Wild)
Paper (Wendt Wild and H-line)
Paper (Wendt et al. Christiansen)
Stewart (Retrospective)

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Wayne Orchiston is an Associate Professor in the Center for Astronomy at James Cook University (Australia), where he supervises a large pool of off-campus Ph.D. students and carries out research on the history of Australian, English, French, Indian, New Zealand, and USA astronomy. He also edits the "Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage."

Until his recent retirement, Tsuko Nakamura carried out research on solar system astronomy and the history of Japanese astronomy whilst working at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Tokyo. He is currently Professor of Astronomy at Teikyo-Heisei University in Tokyo, Japan.

Richard Strom recently retired as Chief Scientist at ASTRON, where he carried out radio astronomical research, while also investigating the history of Dutch radio astronomy and aspects of Chinese astronomical history. He is now an Adjunct Professor in the Center for Astronomy at James Cook University (Australia). In 2010 he spend half a year as a Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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