The Century of Space Science

  • Johan A. M. Bleeker
  • Johannes Geiss
  • Martin C. E. Huber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Johan A. M. Bleeker, Johannes Geiss, Martin C. E. Huber
      Pages 3-22
  3. The Beginnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Ernst Stuhlinger
      Pages 59-114
    3. The early epoch of space science

      1. John A. Simpson
        Pages 117-151
      2. James A. Van Allen
        Pages 153-177
      3. Cornelis de Jager
        Pages 203-223
      4. Eugene N. Parker
        Pages 225-255
      5. William K. Hartmann
        Pages 257-270
      6. James R. Arnold
        Pages 271-275
      7. Blair D. Savage
        Pages 287-300
      8. Martin Harwit
        Pages 301-330
  4. Fundamental Science in Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Cosmology and gravitational physics

      1. Gustav A. Tammann
        Pages 373-397
      2. K. M. Górski, A. J. Banday
        Pages 399-421
      3. Jean Surdej, Jean-François Claeskens
        Pages 441-469
    3. Extragalactic astronomy

      1. Richard Mushotzky
        Pages 473-498
      2. Ralph A. M. J. Wijers
        Pages 499-528
      3. Martin Elvis
        Pages 529-548
      4. Gabriele Ghisellini
        Pages 549-560
      5. Giuseppina Fabbiano, Martin F. Kessler
        Pages 561-578
    4. The Milky Way

      1. Steven L. Snowden
        Pages 581-605
      2. Ewine F. Van Dishoeck, Alexander G. G. M. Tielens
        Pages 607-645
      3. Priscilla C. Frisch
        Pages 647-675
      4. Frank B. McDonald, Vladimir S. Ptuskin
        Pages 677-697
      5. Werner Becker, George Pavlov
        Pages 721-758
      6. Ed P. J. Van den Heuvel
        Pages 759-789
      7. Phil A. Charles
        Pages 791-810
      8. Jan Van Paradijs, Michiel Van der Klis
        Pages 811-822
      9. Nicholas E. White
        Pages 823-837
      10. Yasuo Tanaka
        Pages 839-856
      11. Christoffel Waelkens
        Pages 857-873
      12. Roberto Pallavicini
        Pages 875-894
      13. Joseph P. Cassinelli
        Pages 895-911
      14. Stuart R. Pottasch
        Pages 913-935
      15. Hiroshi Tsunemi
        Pages 937-960
    5. The Solar System

      1. George Gloeckler, Klaus-Peter Wenzel
        Pages 963-1005
      2. Gerhard Haerendel
        Pages 1007-1033
      3. Douglas O. Gough, Philip H. Scherrer
        Pages 1035-1063
      4. Sami K. Solanki, Reiner Hammer
        Pages 1065-1088
      5. David Alexander, Loren W. Acton
        Pages 1089-1113

About this book


One of the most attractive features of the young discipline of Space Science is that many of the original pioneers and key players involved are still available to describe their field. Hence, at this point in history we are in a unique position to gain first-hand insight into the field and its development. To this end, The Century of Space Science, a scholarly, authoritative, reference book presents a chapter-by-chapter retrospective of space science as studied in the 20th century. The level is academic and focuses on key discoveries, how these were arrived at, their scientific consequences and how these discoveries advanced the thoughts of the key players involved.

With over 90 world-class contributors, such as James Van Allen, Cornelis de Jager, Eugene Parker, Reimar Lüst, and Ernst Stuhlinger, and with a Foreword by Lodewijk Woltjer (past ESO Director General), this book will be immensely useful to readers in the fields of space science, astronomy, and the history of science. Both academic institutions and researchers will find that this major reference work makes an invaluable addition to their collection.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Johan A. M. Bleeker
    • 1
  • Johannes Geiss
    • 2
  • Martin C. E. Huber
    • 3
  1. 1.SRON — National Institute for Space ResearchUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.ISSI — International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.ESA — European Space AgencyParisFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-7196-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0320-9
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