The Emergence of Astrophysics in Asia

Opening a New Window on the Universe

  • Tsuko Nakamura
  • Wayne Orchiston

Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Tsuko Nakamura, Wayne Orchiston
    Pages 1-22
  3. Japan

  4. South Korea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Il-Seong Nha, Sarah L. Nha, Wayne Orchiston
      Pages 151-209
  5. China

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Xiaoyu Ning, Xiaochun Sun, Wayne Orchiston, Tsuko Nakamura
      Pages 213-244
  6. Taiwan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
  7. Thailand

  8. Indonesia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Bambang Hidayat, Hakim L. Malasan, Emanuel Sungging Mumpuni
      Pages 329-356
  9. Australia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 393-393
    2. Wayne Orchiston, Barry A. J. Clark, David Frew, Jenny Andropoulos
      Pages 395-452
    3. Woodruff T. Sullivan III
      Pages 453-496
  10. New Zealand

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 579-579
  11. India

  12. Uzbekistan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 841-841
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 861-878

About this book


This book examines the ways in which attitudes toward astronomy in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand and Uzbekistan have changed with the times.

The emergence of astrophysics was a worldwide phenomenon during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and it gradually replaced the older-style positional astronomy, which focused on locating and measuring the movements of the planets, stars, etc.. Here you will find national overviews that are at times followed by case studies of individual notable achievements. Although the emphasis is on the developments that occurred around 1900, later pioneering efforts in Australian, Chinese, Indian and Japanese radio astronomy are also included.

 As the first book ever published on the early development of astrophysics in Asia, the authors fill a chronological and technological void. Though others have already written about earlier astronomical developments in Asia, and about the recent history of astronomy in various Asian nations, no one has examined the emergence of astrophysics, the so-called ‘new astronomy’ in Asia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.



Asian Astronomy Chinese Astronomy History of Astrophysics History of Radio Astronomy Indian Astronomy Indonesian Astronomy Japanese Astronomy Korean Astronomy Taiwanese Astronomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Tsuko Nakamura
    • 1
  • Wayne Orchiston
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Oriental StudiesDaito-Bunka UniversityItabashiJapan
  2. 2.National Astronomical ResearchInstitute of ThailandChiang MaiThailand

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